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Abiotic
The non-living parts of the environment.
Aesthetic
A personal determination of whether something appears to be pleasing or not.
Atmosphere
The layer of gases that surround Earth.
Biomass
The amount of living material in an area.
Biodiversity
The number and kinds of different organisms that live in a geographic area.
Biome
A major, global, living community, characterized by the climate and the dominant form of plant life. Examples include desert and grassland.
Biotic
Referring to a living organism.
Economic
The production and development of material wealth.
Ecosystem
The living and non-living parts of a community working together.
Ethical
Making a choice based on personal principles.
Extinction
The process of a species being eliminated from Earth.
Photosynthesis
The process of plants using carbon dioxide and water, in the presence of light energy, to store energy in the form of carbohydrate and emit oxygen.
Social
Living in an organized group or community.
Species
A group of similar organisms capable of interbreeding and producing offspring similar to the parents.
Stellar
Referring to the stars of the universe.
System
The parts of the environment, including organisms and abiotic factors, which interact together.
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