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Shannon Gibat's Mind Map Vocab Project by Mind Map: Shannon Gibat's Mind Map Vocab Project
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Shannon Gibat's Mind Map Vocab Project

Levels of Organization


layer of soil, water, and air that sustains life.  

Food Chain

Shows the energy transferred in an ecosystem, and the sequence in which energy is transferred from one organism to the next as one eats the other.  All chaims start with the Sun.  


Food Web

Closely related to food chain, but shows all the different ways that energy can be transferred.  

Trophic Levels

The trophic levels are in a Food Chain and a Food Web.  Energy is passes on from one level to the next, but only 10% of the energy is passes on.  So that means that 90% is lost between levels.  



temperate deciduous forest

coniferous forest




An area with grass or grasslike vegetation. Moderately dry climatic conditions and things such as floods or fires.  Grasslands are found in tropical, subtropical, and temperate regions and are located between forests and deserts.

freshwater biome

marine biome



The variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem  

hot spot

Biotic and Abiotic

biotic factors

All of the non-living things in an area or ecosystem

abiotic factors

All of the living factors or things in an area

Limiting Factors

limiting factors control the growth of a species, so it does not overpopulate or excede its carrying capacity.    

ecological succession

primary succession

secondary succession

pioneer species

climax community

a biological community of plants and animals which, through the process of ecological succession — the development of vegetation in an area over time — has reached a steady state.  

carrying capacity

The number of people, other living organisms, or crops that a region can support without environmental degradation.  


population growth

population growth is the increase in the number of people who inhabit a territory or state  

Black Plague

an epidemic during the Middle Ages that killed a giant number of people which decreased population drastically.  

industrial revolution

exponential growth


Able to be maintained at a certain rate or level.  Such as conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depleting natural resources.  

logistic growth



populatrion growth rate

The increase in population at a constant rate over time  

Water Pollution

contamination of water by undesirable foreign matter. It impacts our oceans, our surface water, and our underground water.  

point source

the pollution put into water from one source like a factory.

non-point source

pollution put into water from many different sorces such as cars or fertilizers.