Ecology and the Biosphere Crossword

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QUESTIONS LIST: CANOPY : The uppermost layer of vegetation in terrestrial biome., THERMOCLINE : A narrow stratum of rapid temperature change in the ocean and lakes., TUNDRA : A terrestrial biome at the extreme limits of plant growth., DISTURBANCE : A natural or human-caused event that changes a biological community and usually removes organisms from it., WETLAND : A habitat that is inundated by water that supports plants adapted to water-saturated soil., BIOMES : Classified according to the vegetation and characterized by the organisms to that particular environment., CORAL REEFS : The tropical ecosystems created by the hard skeletal structures secreted primarily by cnidarians., ECOSYSTEM : All the organisms in a given area as well as the abiotic factors with which they interact., POPULATION : A localized group of individuals of the same species that can interbreed., ESTUARY : The area where a freshwater stream or river merges with the ocean., BIOTIC : Pertaining to the living organisms in the environment., BENTHIC ZONE : The bottom surface of an aquatic environment., ABIOTIC : Nonliving matter., TROPICS : Latitudes between 23.5° north and south., ECO TONE : The transition from one type of habitat or ecosystem to another., PERMAFROST : A permanently frozen soil layer., PHOTIC ZONE : The narrow top layer of an ocean or lake, where light penetrates sufficiently for photosynthesis to occur., DETRITUS : Dead organic matter., ECOLOGY : The study of how organisms interact with each other and their environment., DESERTS : Terrestrial biomes characterized by very low precipitation., SAVANNA : A tropical grassland biome with scattered individual trees and large herbivores, maintained by occasional fires and drought., TURNOVER : The mixing of waters as a result of changing water temperature profiles in a lake., CLIMOGRAPH : A plot of the temperature and precipitation in a particular region., CLIMATE : The long-term prevailing weather conditions.