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BSC 196 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Trophic Cascade, Zoonosis, Ecological Succession

Biological Sciences
Course Code
BSC 196
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1. What are the different levels of biological organization at which biologists study ecological
a. Organism
b. Population
c. Community
d. Ecosystem
e. Landscape
f. Global
2. How does solar energy influence global temperature, precipitation and wind patterns? How do
the tilt of the Earth and the movement of the Earth around the sun determine seasonal variation
in light and temperature across different latitudes?
a. Solar energy determines the amount of heat and light on the Earth
b. Determines evaporation and circulation of air and water
c. Tilt of the Earth determines variation in climate
3. How do large bodies of water (e.g., oceans) and mountains influence the climate of nearby
terrestrial regions?
a. Water affects land temperature and climate
b. Mountains affect how much sunlight surround areas get and the amount of water
reaches other areas
4. What are the two major climatic factors that determine the distribution of terrestrial biomes?
What are the major terrestrial biomes and some of their distinguishing characteristics?
a. Temperature and precipitation
b. Tropical forest
c. Desert
d. Savanna
e. Chaparral
f. Temperate grassland
g. Northern coniferous forest
h. Temperate broadleaf forest
i. Tundra
5. What are the different zones found within aquatic biomes?
a. Pelagic (shore to deepest point)
b. Benthic (bottom)
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