Chapter 3 Glossary Terms

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  1. Biodiversity Definition
    the number and variety of organisms found in a specific region
  2. Protect Definition
    to legally guard from harm a species that is listed as endangered, threatened, or of special concern
  3. Biodiversity hotspot  Definition
    a place where there is and exceptionally large number of species in a relatively small area
  4. Community Definition
    all the populations of the different species that interact in a specific area or ecosystem
  5. Dominant species Definition
    a species that is so abundant that it has the biggest biomass of any community member
  6. Keystone Species Definition
    a species that can greatly affect population numbers and the health of an ecosystem
  7. Captive breeding Definition
    the breeding of rare or endangered wildlife in controlled settings to increase the population size
  8. Ecosystem Engineer Definition
    a species that causes such dramatic changes to landscape that it creates a new ecosystem
  9. Succession Definition
    the series of changes in ecosystems that occurs over time following a disturbance
  10. Habitat Loss Definition
    the destruction of habitats, which usually results from human activities
  11. Deforestation Definition
    the practice of clearing forests for logging or other human uses, and never replanting them
  12. Alien Species Definition
    a species that is accidentally or deliberately introduced to a new location, usually as a result of human activity
  13. Invasive Species Definition
    a species that can take over the habitat of native or invade their bodies
  14. Overexploitation Definition
    the use or extraction of a resource until its depleted
  15. Extinction Definition
    the death of all of the individuals of a species
  16. Biodiversity Crisis Definition
    the current the current accelerated rate of extinctions on Earth
  17. Restoration Ecology Definition
    the renewal of degraded or destroyed ecosystems through active human intervention
  18. Reforestation Definition
    the regrowth of a forest, either through the planting of seeds or trees in an area where a forest was cut down
  19. Biocontrol Definition
    the use of a species to control the population growth or spread of an undesirable species
  20. Bioremidiation Definition
    the use of living organisms to clean up contaminated areas naturally
  21. Bioaugmentation Definition
    the use of organisms to add essential nutrients to depleted soils
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Chapter 3 Glossary Terms
2014-06-09 20:52:34
Chapter Glossary Terms

Chapter 3 Glossary Terms
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