Battle of the Biosphere - Key Terms

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Biodiversity
the varied range of plants and animals (flora and fauna) found in an area
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Biofuels
any kind of fuel made from living things, or from the waste they produce
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Biome
a very large ecosystem
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Biosphere
the zone where life is found. It extends 3m below the ground to 30m above ground, and up to 200m deep in the oceans
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Continentality
away from the sea, the land heats up in the hot season and cools quickly in the cold season. This increases the annual temperature range and reduces precipitation
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Marine Influence
The sea colds nearby land in the hot season and warms it during the cold season. This reduces the annual temperature range, and increases precipitation
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Pressure Belts
are regions of the atmosphere which run around the earth. They are parallel to the Equator. Some are high-pressure areas. Others are low pressure areas
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Sustainable
a process that does no lasting harm to the people or the environment
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Gene Pool
the genetic information contained in living organisms
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Indigenous People
are peoples who have originated and lived in a country for many generations
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Transnational Companies
giant companies operating in many countries
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Degradation
the damage caused to ecosystems and the loss of biodiversity which can lead to their destruction
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Keystone Species
is one which has a particularly large effect on other living organisms
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CITES
lists the endangered species, the aim is to stop the trade in products such as elephant ivory, or handbags made from crocodile skin
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RAMSAR
to protect 196 million hectares of wetland habitat at over 2000 sites worldwide
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Goods
products that are of value to us
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Hydrological Cycle
the movement of water between its different forms; gas(water vapour), liquid and solid(ice) forms
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Services
things that satisfy our needs
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Unsustainable use
ways of catching wild fish that threaten the fish stock itself by overfishing, or threaten the environment the fish need to survive
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Water Table
the level below which the ground is saturated
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Conservation
managing the environment in order to preserve, protect or restore it
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Deforestation
the chopping down and removal of trees to clear an area of forest.
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Superpower Countries
the world's most powerful and influential nations - the USA and, increasingly, China and India
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Wilderness
uncultivated, uninhabited and inhospitable regions
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any kind of fuel made from living things, or from the waste they produce

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a very large ecosystem

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the zone where life is found. It extends 3m below the ground to 30m above ground, and up to 200m deep in the oceans

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