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Which of the following is a biotic factor?

  1. wind
  2. disease-causing microbe
  3. temperature
  4. soil particle size

The study of nutrient cycling though the environment is an example of which of the following?

  1. organismal ecology
  2. population ecology
  3. community ecology
  4. ecosystem ecology

Understory plants in a temperate forest have adaptations to capture limited ________.

  1. water
  2. nutrients
  3. heat
  4. sunlight

An ecologist hiking up a mountain may notice different biomes along the way due to changes in all of the following except:

  1. elevation
  2. rainfall
  3. latitude
  4. temperature

Which of the following biomes is characterized by abundant water resources?

  1. deserts
  2. boreal forests
  3. savannas
  4. tropical wet forests

Which of the following biomes is characterized by short growing seasons?

  1. deserts
  2. tropical wet forests
  3. Arctic tundras
  4. savannas

Where would you expect to find the most photosynthesis in an ocean biome?

  1. aphotic zone
  2. abyssal zone
  3. benthic realm
  4. intertidal zone

A key feature of estuaries is:

  1. low light conditions and high productivity
  2. salt water and fresh water
  3. frequent algal blooms
  4. little or no vegetation

Which of the following is an example of a weather event?

  1. The hurricane season lasts from June 1 through November 30.
  2. The amount of atmospheric CO2 has steadily increased during the last century.
  3. A windstorm blew down trees in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota on July 4, 1999.
  4. Deserts are generally dry ecosystems having very little rainfall.

Which of the following natural forces is responsible for the release of carbon dioxide and other atmospheric gases?

  1. the Milankovitch cycles
  2. volcanoes
  3. solar intensity
  4. burning of fossil fuels
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