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Chapter 3: Communities and Biomes

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

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