Fossil Fuels and the Carbon Cycle
- Environment - Surroundings of an organism including the plants, animals and microbes with which it interacts.
- Ecology - Study of how living organisms interact with the physical and biological environments. A German biologist, Ernst Haeckel, coined the term ecology in 1866.
- Abiotic - Non-living chemical and physical factors of the environment (e.g. temperature, light, water, soil, nutrients).
- Biotic - Living organisms that are part of the environment.
- Population - A group of individuals of the same species living in the same geographic area.
- Community - All interacting populations living in the same geographic area.
- Ecosystem - All interacting communities of organisms and abiotic factors of the environment within a defined area.
- Biosphere - The global ecosystem, including all the earth's regions that can support life (land, air, water).
Keywords: abiotic | biosphere | biotic | community | ecosystem | environmental systems | population | ecology
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My Health My World: National Dissemination
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The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
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