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Abiotic Factors of an Ecosystem Flashcards

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Animals
Biotic factors in an ecosystem
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Definition of pH factor
The measure of how basic or acidic a solution is
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Plants
Biotic factor in an ecosystem
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The types of abiotic factors that environmental biologists are interested in because they have direct impacts on all living organisms
Acid rain, global temperature, and pollution
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Limiting factor
A special type of abiotic factor that keeps populations within an ecosystem at a certain level. It can limit the types of organisms that live in that ecosystem.
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Natural disasters
Abiotic factors, such as forest fires, volcanoes, and earthquakes, that have drastic effects on ecosystems
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Climate
An abiotic factor that refers to the average weather conditions in an ecosystem
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Wind
Abiotic factor in a terrestrial ecosystem
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Dissolved oxygen
An abiotic factor in an aquatic ecosystem that describes the amount of oxygen dissolved in the water
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Salinity
An abiotic factor in an aquatic ecosystem that refers to the amount of salt concentration in water, or how salty it is
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Turbidity
An abiotic factor in an aquatic ecosystem that explains the amount of water cloudiness
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Water depth
Abiotic factor in an aquatic ecosystem
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Abiotic factors
All of the non-living things in an ecosystem
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Biotic factors
All of the living organisms within an ecosystem
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Ecosystem
Any community of living (biotic) or non-living (abiotic) things that work together
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Abiotic and biotic factors are the living and non-living things in an ecosystem. An ecosystem is defined as any community of interacting organisms and their physical surroundings. Both abiotic and biotic factors are important in an ecosystem because even if one factor is changed or removed, it can affect the entire ecosystem.

This flashcard set with help you understand the difference between abiotic and biotic factors and be able to identify examples of each. It is important to understand the difference between these factors because it helps you see the relationships in ecosystems and how these things can change over time.

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Ecosystem
Any community of living (biotic) or non-living (abiotic) things that work together
Biotic factors
All of the living organisms within an ecosystem
Abiotic factors
All of the non-living things in an ecosystem
Water depth
Abiotic factor in an aquatic ecosystem
Turbidity
An abiotic factor in an aquatic ecosystem that explains the amount of water cloudiness
Salinity
An abiotic factor in an aquatic ecosystem that refers to the amount of salt concentration in water, or how salty it is
Dissolved oxygen
An abiotic factor in an aquatic ecosystem that describes the amount of oxygen dissolved in the water
Wind
Abiotic factor in a terrestrial ecosystem
Climate
An abiotic factor that refers to the average weather conditions in an ecosystem
Natural disasters
Abiotic factors, such as forest fires, volcanoes, and earthquakes, that have drastic effects on ecosystems
Limiting factor
A special type of abiotic factor that keeps populations within an ecosystem at a certain level. It can limit the types of organisms that live in that ecosystem.
The types of abiotic factors that environmental biologists are interested in because they have direct impacts on all living organisms
Acid rain, global temperature, and pollution
Plants
Biotic factor in an ecosystem
Definition of pH factor
The measure of how basic or acidic a solution is
Animals
Biotic factors in an ecosystem
Mushrooms (fungi)
Biotic factors in an ecosystem
Rocks
Abiotic factors in an ecosystem
Temperature
Abiotic factor in a terrestrial ecosystem
Sunlight
Abiotic factor in both an aquatic and a terrestrial ecosystem
Rainfall
Abiotic factor in a terrestrial ecosystem
Examples of limiting factors that limit the size and type of populations
Food, shelter, water, and sunlight
Altitude
Abiotic factor in a terrestrial ecosystem
Soil and types of soil
Abiotic factors in a terrestrial ecosystem
pH as a factor
Abiotic factor in both an aquatic and a terrestrial ecosystem
Available nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus
Abiotic factors in both an aquatic and a terrestrial ecosystem
Importance of abiotic factors
They directly affect how organisms survive
Pollution
Abiotic factor in terrestrial ecosystems
Aquatic ecosystem
An ecosystem found in water, including deep oceans, lakes, ponds, rivers, lakes, ponds, shallow seas, and wetlands
Importance of sunlight as an abiotic factor in an aquatic ecosystem
Light levels are important abiotic factors in aquatic ecosystems because they allow photosynthesis to take place, the process by which plants turn light into energy.
Abiotic factors found in deserts
Limited water sources, lots of sunlight and very low rainfall

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