the ability of an organism to survive when subjected to abiotic factors or biotic factors
tolerance
any abiotic or biotic factor that restricts the numbers, reproduction, or distribution of organisms
limiting factor
the change in an ecosystem that happens when one community replaces another as a result of changing abiotic and biotic factors
ecological succession
the establishment of a community in an area of exposed rock that doesn't have any topsoil
primary succession
the stable, mature community that results when there is little change in the composition of species
climax community
free-floating, photosynthetic autotrophs that live in fresh water or marine ecosystems
plankton
the condition of the atmosphere at a specific place and time latitude: the distance of any point on Earth's surface north or south of the equator
weather
the average weather conditions in an area
climate
a treeless biome with a layer of permafrost
tundra
also called taiga or northern coniferous forest
boreal forest
composed mostly of broad-leaved, deciduous trees woodlands: found in areas with less annual rainfall than in the temperate forests
temperate forest
the biome that is characterized by fertile soil that is able to support a thick cover of grasses
grassland
any area in which the annual rate of evaporation exceeds the rate of annual rainfall
desert
the distance of any point on Earth's surface north or south of the equator
latitude
found in areas with less annual rainfall than in the temperate forests
woodlands
characterized by grasses and scattered trees
tropical savanna
areas that are saturated with water and support aquatic plants
wetlands
warm temperatures and large amounts of rainfall throughout the year
tropical rain forest
material that is deposited by water, wind, or glaciers
sediment
an ecosystem that is formed where freshwater merges with saltwater
estuary

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