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Lauren Kacerik's Mind Map Vocab Project by Mind Map: Lauren Kacerik's Mind Map Vocab Project
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Lauren Kacerik's Mind Map Vocab Project

Levels of Organization


any form of life


same species found in a given area


living organisms that interact in an ecosystem


living organisms in the the same area with non living organisms


geographic area with specific species that live there.


layer of soil, water & air that sustains life.

Trophic Levels

the position of an organism in the food web.


something that gets all its energy from the sun

primary consumer

something that gets all its energy from producers

secondary consumer

something that gets its energy from primary consumers

tertiary consumer

something that gets its energy from tertiary consumer

Food Webs and Food Chains

food webs

a series of organisms related by predator-prey and consumer-resource interactions; the entirety of interrelated food chains in an ecological community.

food chain

a series of organisms interrelated in their feeding habits, the smallest being fed upon by a larger one, which in turn feeds a still larger one, etc.



any living thing


anything nonliving


the difference in species

hot spots

areas particularly rich in species, rare species, threatened species, or some combination of the kinds of species listed above.


ecological succession

when the communities in an ecosystem change over time

primary succession

succession occurs where theres never been an ecosystem existing

secondary succesion

when something destroys or disturbs an ecosystem and it's communities

pioneer species

the first of a species to move to an ecosystem

climax community

community that is in equilibrium with little to no change in species in the following years

Limiting Factors & Carrying Capacity

L.F- the conditions of the environment that limit the growth of a species C.C-the number of individuals of a species that an ecosystem can support


population growth

how much the population grows over a period of time

black plague

period where there was a dramatic drop in population

industrial revolution

major increase in human population in this time period

exponential growth

extreme growth

logistic growth

reaches carrying capacity, levels off

j curve

s curve


when a community stays steady

population growth rate

Water Pollution


underground river

water pollution

the contamination of water

point source water poluttion

water pollution casued by pipes dumping toxic waste into water sources

non-point source water pollution

does not have one specific source