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Greenhouse Effect
mechasim that insulates the earth from the deep freeze of space
Biosphere
thin volumne of earth and it's atmosphere that supports life
ecosystem
environment in which all living and nonliving organsims found in particular place
community
all interacting organisms living in an area
population
includes all members of a single species
biotic factors
living components of the environment
abiotic factors
nonliving factors that are the physical and chemical characteristics of the environment
tolerance curve
graph of an organisms tolerance to a range of an environmental variable
regulators
organisms that use energy to control some of their internal conditions
acclimation
the process of and organism's adjustment to an abiotic factor
conformers
organisms that do not regulate their extermal environment changes
Dormacy
a state of decreased metbolism
migration
the process of moving to a more favorable habitat
resources
the energy and materials a species needs
niche
a species' way of life
fundamental niche
the full range of conditions that a species can tolerate and resources it can use
realized niche
the range of resources and conditions a species actually uses or can tolderate at optimal efficiency
generalists
species with broad niches that can tolerate a range of conditions and use a variety of resources
specialists
species that have narrow niches
ecology
the study of the interactions between organisms and the living and nonliving componenets of their environment