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Chapter 3: Communities and Biomes

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

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