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Chapter 3: Communities and Biomes

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

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