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Environmental Vocabulary - 1st 9 Weeks

Name: ______________________________
Period: _________
Organism capable of producing its own energy
The number and variety of living things in an environment
The passage of water through a plant to the atmosphere
Study of the relationships living organisms have with each other and with their environment.
To change from a liquid state into vapor.
Water that is so full of small particles, such as silt, that the water is no longer transparent but instead appears cloudy.
An organism that lives on or in the living body of another species, known as the host, from which it obtains nutrients
Algae and plant plankton, including single-celled protozoans and bacteria
Oxygen gas absorbed by and mixed into water.
The fitness of a water source for a given use, such as drinking, fishing or swimming
wearing away of land surface materials, especially rocks, sediments, and soils, by the action of water, wind, or ice
A habitat is an area where a specific animal or plant is capable of living and growing
A chemical that an organism needs to live and grow that is taken from the environment; it can be an organic or inorganic compound.
Of or having to do with life or living organisms; organic.
This term refers to two or more species or organisms which are engaged in an active or passive struggle for resources
An area of land that drains water, sediment and dissolved materials to a common receiving body or outlet.
Impurities, including pollution or pollutants, in a substance such as water;
Nonliving; not derived from living organisms; inorganic
All of the Earth’s water, including surface water, groundwater, and water vapor.
The part of the world in which life can exist; living organisms and their environment.
The solid part of the Earth consisting of the crust and outer mantle.
Excessive nutrient input in a body of water that causes excessive plant and algae growth.
Occurring or living in the absence of oxygen
Very tiny organisms, such as one-celled bacteria and fungi, that can only be seen using a microscope.
This term applies to organisms of the same species which inhabit a specific area
Soaked with moisture; having no pores or spaces not filled with water.
An underground reservoir of water that rests in a layer of sand, gravel, or rock that holds the water in pores or crevices.
Silt, sand, rocks and other matter carried and deposited by moving water.
Precipitation, snow melt, or other water that flows onto the land but is not absorbed into the soil.