What Is Succession in Biology? - Definition & Examples


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Scientists are studying a barren volcanic island. They notice moss and lichen colonizing the volcanic rock. Which type of succession are they witnessing?

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1. What is secondary succession?

2. What is succession?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Biological succession is key to the perpetuation of life on Earth. The quiz asks you to define terms related to biological succession, and to identify examples of orders of succession.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz requires you to:

  • Explain the type of succession scientists witness while studying a given environment
  • Define secondary succession
  • Describe succession
  • Identify examples of secondary succession
  • Name the peak stage experienced by an ecosystem

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast subjects from the lesson, such as the orders of succession
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about biological succession to identify examples of secondary succession
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you pull the most essential information from the reading on biological succession

Additional Learning

Find out more about this topic by studying the lesson called What is Succession in Biology? - Definition & Examples. The objectives covered in this lesson are as follows:

  • Realize the role that order plays in succession
  • Note the factors that separate the orders of succession
  • Study real-world examples to better understand biological succession