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

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