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Ecology-
The scientific study of the interactions among organsms and between organisms and their environments.
biotic factor-
The prokaryotes, protists, animals, fung, and plants in the environment.
abiotic factor-
The nonliving physical and chemical conditions.
population-
A group of individual organisms of the same species living in a particular area.
Community-
All of the oranisms inhabiting a particular area.
ecosystem-
Community of living things plus the nonliving features of the environment that support them.
Biosphere-
All parts of the planet that are inhabited by living things.
Habitat
Specific envirnonments in which organisms live.
Tropics-
The warmest temperature zone. (lies between 23.5 N latitude and 23.5 S latitude)
Polar zones-
The region north of the Arctic Circle (66.5 N) and the region south of the Antarctic Circle (65.5 S) receive the least amount of direct sunlight a year round (coldest).
Temperature zones-
The latitudes in between the tropics and polar zones in each hemishpere.
Current-
A river-like flow pattern within a body water.
Microclimate-
The climate in a specific area that varies from the surrounding climate region.
Biomes-
Major types of terrestrial ecosystems that cover large regions of the Earth.
tropical rain forest-
Type of forest near the equator that receives as much as 250 cm of rainfall yearly.