Ecology Unit 1 Chapter 3

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  1. Biodiversity
    the number and variety of life forms, including species, found within a specific region as well as all the number and variety of ecosystems within and beyond that region.
  2. Protect
    to guard legally from harm a species that is listed as endangered, threatened, or of special concern
  3. Biodiversity hotspot
    a place where there is an exceptionally large number of species in an relatively small area
  4. Community
    all the populations of the different species that interact in a specific area or ecosystem
  5. Dominant species
    species that are so abundant that they have the biggest biomass of any community member
  6. Keystone species
    a species that can affect population numbers and the health of an ecosystem
  7. Captive breeding
    the breeding of rare or endangered wildlife in controlled settings to increase the population size
  8. Ecosystem engineer
    a species that causes such dramatic changes to landscapes that it creates a new ecosystem
  9. Succession
    the series of changes in an ecosystem that occurs over time, following a disturbance
  10. Habitat loss
    the destruction of habitats, which usually results from human activities
  11. Deforestation
    the practice of clearing forests for logging or other human uses, and never replanting them
  12. Alien species
    a species that is accidentally or deliberately introduced into a new location
  13. Invasive species
    a species that can take over the habitat of native species
  14. Overexploitation
    the use or extraction of a resource until it is depleted
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Ecology Unit 1 Chapter 3
2015-10-07 02:30:52
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