Biomes

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Biomes
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  1. group of ecosystems that share similar abiotic and biotic conditions
    biome
  2. describes average conditions, like temperature and precipitation; over long periods
    climate
  3. the day-to-day conditions in Earth's atmosphere, such as "hot and humid"
    weather
  4. climate diagrams that describe conditions in a biome
    climatograph
  5. organic matter, or biomass, that remains after cellular respiration
    net primary production
  6. tall tress form a dense covering
    canopy
  7. top layer of the rainforest canopy, made up of the tallest trees
    emergent layer
  8. shorter trees and plants
    understory
  9. plants that grow on other plants
    epiphyte
  10. trees that lose their leaves and stop photosynthesis
    deciduous
  11. a deep, sleeplike period of dormancy
    estivation
  12. trees that produce seed-bearing cones and keep their needles
    coniferous
  13. deep, sleeplike state that an animal enters for the winter
    hibernation
  14. underground soil that's frozen year-round
    permafrost
  15. measures the amount of salts dissolved in water
    salinity
  16. uppermost layer where there is enough sunlight for photosynthesis
    photic zone
  17. the layer below the photic zone where no sunlight penetrates and photosynthesis cannot occur
    aphotic zone
  18. bottom of the body of water; could be sunlit or pitch black
    benthic zone
  19. shallow, near-shore portion of the photic zone
    littoral zone
  20. farther from shore; no rooted plants
    limnetic zone
  21. land that's flooded at least part of the year
    wetland
  22. areas nearest a river's course
    flood plain
  23. bodies of water, partly enclosed by land, that occur where fresh water from land drainage melts the water of an ocean or inland sea
    estuary
  24. vertical flow of cold, nutrient-rich water toward the surface
    upwelling

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