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2012-10-03 00:54:29

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  1. Ecology
    The study of living things and their environment
  2. Ecosystem
    Can be large or small and is made up of two parts, living and non living
  3. Non Living
    Water, light, oxygen and temperature and examples and have a huge effect on plants and animals
  4. Living
    Plants, animals and microbes are all part of the community and depend on eachother to survive
  5. Producer
    (Plants) Make the food for consumers
  6. Consumer
    (Animals) Eat the food from producers and also supply food for other consumers
  7. Decomposer
    All living things produce waste and in all ecosystems there are organisms who get rid of them. They recycle any chemicals and keep the soil healthy for growth
  8. Food Chains
    Made up of producers and consumers that make a 'chain of feeding' and are the basic relationship with ecosystems
  9. Food Webs
    • Different food chains interconect to create food webs
    • Plants are usually placed at the bottom, then herbivores and so on upwards
  10. Adaptions
    Plants/Animals have special features to help it 'fit in' and survive in its environment, these are called adaptions
  11. Fire
    • Ash helps fertilize poor soils
    • Plants can resprout and grow
    • Some environments depend on fires
  12. Flood
    • Deposit silt on fields and replenish topsoil
    • Help guarantee fertility
    • Refill wetlands and flushes out costal estuaries
  13. Drought
    • Plants produce drought resistance seeds surviving decades
    • Animals have adapted to conserve water
  14. Man Made Resource
    A resource that has been created through the acts of humans, it doesnt exist in nature
  15. Natural Resource
    Not created through humans and exist naturally
  16. Nonrenewable Resource
    A natural source that cant be reused, grown or remade because it cant be replenished in a short peroid of time e.g. Petrolium and natural gases
  17. Renewable Resources
    Natural resources that can be replenished in a short period of time e.g. solar and wind energy