Ecology

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Introducing

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the study of the relationships between biotic and abiotic factors in environments eco (G) root home, abode ecoclimate ecosystem ecotourism log, -o, y (G) suffix study of zoology epidemiology climatology Ecology Eco logy

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Ecosystem includes all abiotic and biotic factors in one particular environment Biotic Factors the living parts of an ecosystem Abiotic Factors the nonliving parts of an ecosystem

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Biotic Factors Bio bio(s), bio(t) (G) root life include plants, animals, fungi, microorganisms biology biostatistics biography biotechnology biosphere biomechanics biotic biofeedback

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Examples of Biotic Factors

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Abiotic Factors include air, water, soil, temperature, wind, source of energy (usually sun) A a, an (G) prefix not, without atoxic amoral abiotic amusia

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Examples of Abiotic Factors

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Examples of Ecosystems Arizona Desert Mountains in Colorado Coral Reef in Belize

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do not necessarily have clear boundaries due to biotic and abiotic changes Ecosystems Biotic Abiotic migration, seed dispersal flood, erosion, drought can change daily as things move from one ecosystem to another

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interact with each other in complex ways Biotic Factors also interact with abiotic factors in the ecosystem parasitism mutualism competition dependent upon water, minerals, temperature, light such as

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a major regional or global biotic community, a super ecosystem, defined chiefly by the dominant forms of plant life and the prevailing climate Biome

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desert grassland tropical rain forest deciduous forest coniferous forest tundra Major Biomes of the World ocean

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Levels of Organization smallest unit of living things group of similar cells organized to work together group of different kinds of tissues working together group of organs working together one individual living thing all organisms of the same kind living in one area all interacting populations in an ecosystem all living and nonliving things interacting within a certain area large region with typical plants and animals that includes several ecosystems cell

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