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

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