Ecological Terms

By Vai Vimil and Aditya More - Period 6


This tree is a biotic factor because it is a living organism. It has the characteristics that all living things have: responsiveness to the environment; growth and change; ability to reproduce; have a metabolism and breathe; maintain homeostasis; made up of cells; passing traits onto offspring.
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This table represents an abiotic factor because it is not a living organism due to it not having any of the 7 characteristics of life (responsiveness to the environment; growth and change; ability to reproduce; have a metabolism and breathe; maintain homeostasis; being made of cells; passing traits onto offspring).
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These plants represent autotrophs because they use sunlight and water to make food for themselves. Thus, these plants provide a starting point for the entire food chain and are consumed by heterotrophs.
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This squirrel is a heterotroph because it is a living organism that feeds on nuts and plants (autotrophs) for food. It is also a herbivore because it eats producers and not other heterotrophs. This means that is a also a primary consumer.
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Food Chain

These pictures go up in order from the superintendent to the principal to the teachers to the students. By making the analogy that the transfer of energy equals to the transfer of knowledge, this list of people functions similarly to a food chain. At the primary level of this organizational structure, we have the superintendent, who functions similarly to a producer in that he is the basis for all the schools in the city and directs all of them. Next, we have the principals, who are essentially herbivores. They are directed by the superintendent just like the herbivores feed of the producers. Next, the teachers represent the secondary consumers because they are given the curriculum by the principal and finally the students represent the tertiary consumer because they are then taught the curriculum by the teachers.

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Current Weather

This picture depicts the current weather at midday in Coppell. Some clouds in the sky cover the sun that comes out from cover every few minutes. The temperature is comfortably in the 70’s and conditions are ideal for all animals and plants.
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Carbon Cycle

The carbon cycle is represent by many factors, in which carbon is released into our atmosphere and then taken out through photosynthesis . A couple of examples of carbon being released into the atmosphere is by respiration through animals and plants, decomposition of organisms, at the surface of oceans where the water becomes warmer and by the industrial process.

Water Cycle

This evaporating puddle is an example of a water cycle in action. The water accumulated on the ground through last night’s rain is being evaporated into the atmosphere, where it will condense to form more clouds.
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Nitrogen Cycle

Fertilizer and soil are examples of the nitrogen cycle. Fertilizer are added to soil to add nitrogen so the plants can grow faster and larger. The fertilizers also add nitrogen to other nearby lakes and huge amount of soil in which are release back into the atmosphere by gas leaks in because the environment cannot support that much nitrogen.
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Phosphorus Cycle

This gravel is a great example of the phosphorus cycle. The gravel is first formed when rain and wind erode phosphate rich rocks. This gravel is then deposited to large water bodies by rivers where it becomes sediment. The sediment is then absorbed by the soil and used by plants and animals and returned to the soil by decomposers.
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The human to vending machine interaction is a great example of mutualism because both the vending machine (the school) and the students benefit from the exchange of money for food. The humans get to eat the food in the machines while the school gets the money that the students pay.
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The relationship between a student and a recycling bin(or rather the environment) is one of commensalism. To a student, it doesn't really matter if trash is thrown into the recycling bin or the trash can, but the environment really benefits when we throw the trash into the recycling bin instead of the trashcan.
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An example of parasitism is the students and the janitors. Everyday, the students create a mess in the cafeteria and the janitors have to clean it all up. By not picking up after themselves, the students get the benefit of not having to do anything while the janitors have a harder time cleaning the cafeteria.
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