Unformatted text preview: environment is said to have reached its carrying capacity. The growth of a population cannot exceed the carrying capacity of its environment for long. The growth of a population passes through stages. There is an initial lag period of minimal growth, followed by an exponential growth period of maximum population growth. The curbs that limit population growth may include the crowding of a population, an example of a density-dependent population. Density-dependent curbs include disease, competition, predation, and territoriality. Another curb, occurring in a density-independent population, takes place when there is an external limiting factor. Density-independent curbs result from climatic fluctuations, such as temperature changes....
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- Fall '07