abiotic factor

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Abiotic Factor

Any factor or component that may be found in a living system which may be required by or is integral to the system, but is not itself capable of life, e.g., physical factors, including light, temperature, atmospheric gases, and inorganic chemicals, and geological factors, such as rocks and minerals.

abiotic factor

any contribution to the ENVIRONMENT or ecosystem that is of a nonliving nature, e.g. climate, pH.
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The book opens by introducing the Lovelock Gaia hypothesis and motivating glacier science as a major abiotic component of the homeostatic planetary system.
conservation / maintenance / restoration of habitats and species, assess the condition of abiotic components of the environment, development and implementation of plans / strategies / programs management / security / control / fire device protected areas.
The opening chapter reminds us of the intricate network of biotic and abiotic components on our planet as well as the challenges we face in our capacity to produce food and use energy.
Will the abiotic components of mound soil change once ants relocate?
Ecological research at the ecosystem level looks at the biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems and their interaction, with a particular focus on functional processes, and ecological mechanisms that maintain the structure and services produced by natural and androgenic ecosystems.
By drawing attention to the value of society's understanding of the processes responsible for landscape development as it contributes to an aesthetic appreciation of nature, as well as for practical applications such as mitigating geohazards, this term provides a useful overture to encourage public awareness of the origin, evolution and significance of the abiotic components of our planet.
Differences in the responses of dominant salt marsh species to the invasion can be influenced by many other factors than abiotic components of habitats.
Two abiotic components, embankment slope and pH, were examined as possible variables influencing successful B.
The approach is to quantify the processes that control stream nutrient concentrations, rate of nutrient transport within the aquatic ecosystem, and partitioning of nutrients between biotic and abiotic components within streams.