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Discussing Ecology Concepts and Terminology

I just need guidance on how to find the answers to the below questions:

1. Define the following and give an example of each: (2 points)
a. biosphere
b. biome
c. ecosystem
d. community
e. population
f. species
g. individual

2. Why may the population growth be different in a developed nation vs. an undeveloped nation? (1 point)

3. Describe a method, which a predator may utilize to capture its prey. (1 point)

4. What is the difference between primary and secondary succession? (1 point)

5. Explain two undesirable effects of agriculture in the tropical rainforest biome. (1 point)

6. Describe one positive effect that recycling has on the environment. (1 point)

7. Describe one human activity hat is thought to be a major contributor to global warming and explain how it may contribute to the problem. (1 point)

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1. Define the following and give an example of each: (2 points)
a. biosphere
b. biome
c. ecosystem
d. community
e. population
f. species
g. individual

This first question is rather straight forward. You should be able to find the definitions to these words in your ecology text or at dictionary.reference.com. The words are organized from large scale terms to the smaller scale. Be specifically careful of your definitions of community and population, as these terms are often confused. The difference lies in the number of species being discussed. Don't forget to give an example of each. For example: species: A fundamental category of taxonomic classification, ranking below a genus or subgenus and consisting of related organisms capable of interbreeding. An example includes humans, Homo sapiens.

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Solution Summary

This solution is comprised of about 770 words and provides a rather detailed guideline on how to approach these ecology based questions. Many examples are provided to highlight concepts and the meaning of this terminology.

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