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Chapter 3: Communities and Biomes

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  1.Which of the following is a terrestrial biome?  
  a.   coral reef  
  b.   pond  
  c.   desert  
  d.   ocean  
  2.A climax community for a deciduous forest may contain __________.  
  a.   many conifers  
  b.   mostly ferns  
  c.   oak and maple trees  
  d.   grasslands  
  3.The biome that has the greatest number of conifers is __________.  
  a.   the grasslands  
  b.   the desert  
  c.   the tropical rain forest  
  d.   the taiga  
  4.The optimum range of most organisms inhabiting marine biomes is __________.  
  a.   the aphotic zone  
  b.   ideal for the species  
  c.   the photic zone  
  d.   its range of intolerance  
  5.Primary succession occurs on __________.  
  a.   disturbed grasslands  
  b.   land exposed by glaciers  
  c.   burned areas in forests  
  d.   abandoned fields  
  6.Lichens, mosses and ferns are called __________.  
  a.   abiotic factors  
  b.   consumers  
  c.   limiting species  
  d.   pioneer species  
  7.After a forest fire, __________ occurs.  
  a.   a climax community  
  b.   community death  
  c.   secondary succession  
  d.   primary succession  
  8.The major difference between the tundra and taiga biomes is that tundra has _________.  
  a.   permafrost  
  b.   more trees  
  c.   a more southern range  
  d.   longer summers  
  9.Organisms inhabiting tropical rain forests might include __________.  
  a.   bears and tortoises  
  b.   lichen and caribou  
  c.   monkeys and toucans  
  d.   small trees and ravens  
  10.In the early stages of succession one might expect _________.  
  a.   tremendous biodiversity  
  b.   complex food webs  
  c.   simple food chains  
  d.   tropical rain forests  
  11.A primary abiotic limiting factor of a desert biome is __________.  
  a.   too much sand  
  b.   altitude  
  c.   water  
  d.   lack of plant life  
  12.The biome with warm temperatures and high rainfall is __________.  
  a.   the temperate forest  
  b.   the grasslands  
  c.   the tropical rain forest  
  d.   the desert  
  13.Succession is __________ of an ecosystem.  
  a.   the destruction  
  b.   the creation  
  c.   the orderly changes  
  d.   the climax  
  14.The conditions that dictate where an organism may live are called  
  a.   biological factors  
  b.   the optimal range  
  c.   limiting factors  
  d.   stress zones  
  15.Communities in which fresh water and salt water mix are __________.  
  a.   marine  
  b.   usually deep  
  c.   planktonic  
  d.   estuaries  

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