Unformatted text preview: used as great food source. Ecological succession is the gradual replacement of one community by another until a climax community is established. The characteristics of the species are transitioned. For example, a lake is replaced by a marsh, then meadow, and finally a forest. The energy flow between trophic levels starts from the autotrophs. They produce the energy that is needed by heterotrophs. An example is when grass gives energy to locusts then to mouse and then to snakes. Limiting factors are things that restrict population growth. Examples are population density and competition which are all biotic factors. Abiotic factors include moisture and temperature. All these factors are examples of a limiting factor. Carrying capacity is the amount of a population an environment is able to maintain. Predators are an example that helps sustain the population in each environment. Predators hunt their prey in order to limit the carrying capacity....
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- Spring '09
- Ecology, Evolutionary success, Diploidy, great food source