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Chapter 3: Communities and Biomes

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

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