Ecosystem Vocab 1st Ecosystem Vocabulary Words

Term Definition
Ecology The study of the interactions between living organisms and the nonliving components in an ecosystem.
Ecosystem The living and nonliving components in an area.
Community The different populations/species living together in a specific area.
Population The number of specific species/type of organisms living in an area.
Organism An individual form of life (plant, animal, fungus, bacteria)
Biodiversity The variety of life (number of different species) living in a specific area.
Abiotic Factor Nonliving components of an ecosystem that are essential for life (water, sunlight, soil, air, temperature).
Biotic Factor The living, or once living, organisms in an ecosystem (tree, lion, rotting leaf).
Species A class of organisms that have similar characteristics.

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