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Chapter Glossary Terms
Chapter 1 Glossary terms
all the interacting parts of a biological community and its environment.
an ecosystem that is capable of withstanding pressure and giving support to a variety of organisms.
the living parts of an ecosystem.
the non-living parts of an ecosystem.
the hard part of earth's surface.
all the water found on Earth,including lakes,oceans,and ground water.
the layer of gases above Earth's surface.
the regions of Earth where living organisms exists.
a chemical that is essential to living things and is cycled through ecosystems.
a process in which nutrient levels in aquatic ecosystems increase, leading to and increase in the populations of primary producers.
a process that changes solar energy into chemical energy.
a category of organisms that is defined by how the organisms gain their energy.
the total mass of living organisms in a defined group or area.
a measure of the amount of energy or biomass transferred from one trophic level to the next higher trophic level.
the process in which an organism ingests materials, especially toxins, faster than it eliminates them.
a process in which the concentration of ingested toxins increases as it moves from one trophic level to the next.
A process that rereleases energy from organic molecules, especially carbohydrates,in the presence of oxygen.
a process that releases energy from organic molecules, especially carbohydrates, in the absence of oxygen.
an atmospheric gas that prevents heat from leaving the atmosphere, thus increasing the temperature of the atmosphere.
the warming of Earth as a result of greenhouse gases, which trap some of the energy that would otherwise leave Earth.
rain,snow,or fog that is unnaturally acidic due to the gases in the atmosphere that react with water to form acids.