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Abiotic
Non-living (physical) factors that affect survival
Annuals
Plants that germinate, mature and produce seeds and then die in one growing season
Biennials
Plants that live for two growing seasons, germinating and growing in the first, and producing seeds nd dying in the second
Biotic
Living factors that affect survival such as predation, disease and competition
Chenopod Shrublands
major vegetation type dominated by saltbushes and bluebushes occuring in arid and semi-arid regions of Australia
Desiccation
Drying out
Diapause
A state of inactivity characterised by low metabolism
Dormancy
Conditions of inactivity resulting from exteme lowering of metabolic rate in an organism
El Nino
Global weather event, occuring every two to seven years, that produces drought conditions in Eastern Australia
Ephermeral
Refers to plant species that germinate, grow and produce seed within a short period of weeks
La Nina
Global weather event, occuring every two to seven years, that produces conditions of higher than average rainfall in Eastern Australia
Niches
Ways of life of organisms in an ecosystem; roles of species in a community
Perennials
Plants that live for several years and produce seeds in two or more different years
Photic Zone
Region of ocean from the surface to the greatest depth to hich light can penetrate, typically about 200 metres
Remote Sensing
Data-gathering about an object from a distance, such as LandSat satelite
Qualitative
Refers to a description of an enviroment in imprecise terms, such as 'warm' and 'shady'
Telemetry
A method of monitoring from a distance
Transpiration
Loss of water from the surfaces of a plant
Water tappers
Refers to trees that have a single main roots extending to depths near the water table before forming lateral branches