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Chapter 3: Communities and Biomes

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

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