Water Rocks Vocabulary

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Adaptation ›

A characteristic that enables a living thing to survive in its environment.

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Biome ›

One of Earth's large ecosystems, with its own kind of climate, soil, plants, and animals.

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Community ›

All the populations living in an area.

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Ecology ›

The study of how living things and their environment interact.

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Ecosystem ›

All the living/non-living things in an area and their interactions with each other.

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Food Chain ›

The path of the energy in food from one organism to another.

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Fossil ›

Any remains or imprint of living things of the past.

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Geology ›

Study of the Earth.

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Habitat ›

The area in which an organism lives.

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Herbivore ›

An animal that eats plants, algae, and other producers.

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Igneous Rock ›

A rock form when magma cools down and hardens.

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Metamorphic Rock ›

Rocks changed by high temperatures and great pressure.

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Mutualism ›

A relationship between two kinds of organisms that benefits both.

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Niche ›

The role an organism has in its ecosystem.

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Omnivore ›

Feeds on plants and animals.

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Predator ›

A living thing that hunts other living things for food.

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Rodent ›

A small gnawing mammal.

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Sedimentary Rock ›

Rocks created by smaller pieces of rock buried and pressed together.

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Species ›

A class of individuals with common attributes.

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Water Cycle ›

The continuous movement of water between Earth's surface and the air, changing from liquid to gas to liquid.

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Composition ›

Describes everything that is part of an ecosystem.

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Biotic ›

Something that is living or was once alive.

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Abiotic ›

Everything that is not living.

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Vermicomposting ›

Another name for worm composting.

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Landfill ›

A facility operated by a city or county government that is designed to help us dispose of different types of waste.

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Dump ›

A random spot where people go to leave objects that they do not want.

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Evaporation ›

The drying up or rising of water vapor into the Earth's atmosphere.

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Condensation ›

When water vapor in the air gets cold and turns back into a liquid.

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Precipitation ›

The water that has been collected in the atmosphere until there is so much, it falls back to Earth again.

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Succession ›

Changes that occur in an ecosystem over a long period of time.

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Bat ›

A nocturnal animal which is the only mammal with wings.

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Bison ›

Animals that provided many necessities of life for the Native Americans, such as meat, hides for shelter, clothing, and even tools, and ornamentation from the bones.

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Black Bear ›

An omnivore who hibernates in the winter and breeds during the summer.

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Bobcat ›

A predator identified by its classic bobbed-tail, tufted ears, and long legs.

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Frog ›

An amphibian with smooth skin and long limbs for jumping.

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Jaguar ›

A member of the cat family whose prey consists of small mammals and deer.

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Population ›

All the members of one species in an area.

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Rattlesnake ›

A reptile that helps keep the rodent population under control.

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Shovelnose Sturgeon ›

A well-known producer of caviar and can grow to be North America's largest freshwater fish.

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Toad ›

An amphibian with warty skin and short limbs.

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White Pelican ›

A cooperative hunter who floats quietly along, paddling with its large webbed feet and scooping up fish in its enormous beak.