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  1. biome

    major ecological community with distinct climate and flora
  2. chlorofluorocarbon

    a fluorocarbon with chlorine
  3. subtropic

    of or relating to or characteristic of conditions in the subtropics
  4. subtropics

    regions adjacent to the tropics
  5. oxidise

    enter into a combination with oxygen or become converted into an oxide
  6. deforest

    remove the trees from
  7. cultivar

    a variety of a plant developed from a natural species and maintained under cultivation
  8. nitrogen-fixing

    contributing to the process of nitrogen fixation
  9. wetland

    a low area where the land is saturated with water
  10. photochemical

    of or relating to or produced by the effects of light on chemical systems
  11. oxidised

    combined with or having undergone a chemical reaction with oxygen
  12. troposphere

    the lowest atmospheric layer; from 4 to 11 miles high
  13. rainforest

    a densely wooded tropical area with heavy precipitation
  14. climatologist

    someone who is expert in climatology
  15. agronomist

    an expert in soil management and field-crop production
  16. acidification

    the process of becoming acid or being converted into an acid
  17. polluter

    a person or organization that causes pollution of the environment
  18. emitter

    the electrode in a transistor where electrons originate
  19. pollutant

    waste matter that contaminates the water, air, or soil
  20. aquaculture

    raising fish or shellfish or growing water plants for food
  21. emission

    the act of causing to flow forth
  22. methane

    a colorless odorless gas used as a fuel
  23. anaerobic

    not using or dependent on oxygen
  24. recyclable

    capable of being used again
  25. biosphere

    the regions of the Earth where living organisms exist
  26. sequester

    keep away from others
  27. ecologically

    with respect to ecology
  28. photosynthesis

    formation of compounds in plants aided by radiant energy
  29. ecologist

    a biologist who studies organisms and their environment
  30. deplete

    use up, as resources or materials
  31. permafrost

    ground that is permanently frozen
  32. dioxin

    any of several toxic or carcinogenic hydrocarbons that occur as impurities in herbicides
  33. nitrification

    the chemical process in which a nitro group is added to an organic compound (or substituted for another group in an organic compound)
  34. farmland

    a rural area where farming is practiced
  35. biomass

    the total amount of living matter in a given unit area
  36. grassland

    land where grass or grasslike vegetation grows and is the dominant form of plant life
  37. ecosystem

    organisms interacting with their physical environment
  38. ozone

    a colorless gas that is a screen for ultraviolet radiation
  39. pesticide

    a chemical used to kill destructive insects or animals
  40. amenity

    something that provides value, pleasure, or convenience
  41. cultivator

    a farm implement used to break up the surface of the soil
  42. degrade

    reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
  43. hydrocarbon

    an organic compound containing only carbon and hydrogen
  44. subtropical

    of or relating to or characteristic of conditions in the subtropics
  45. methyl

    the univalent radical CH3- derived from methane
  46. stratosphere

    atmospheric layer between the troposphere and the mesosphere
  47. emit

    give off, send forth, or discharge
  48. inhibit

    limit the range or extent of
  49. ecology

    the environment as it relates to living organisms
  50. depletion

    the state of being used up
  51. deciduous

    shedding foliage at the end of the growing season
  52. nitrous

    of or containing nitrogen
  53. nitrogenous

    of or relating to or containing nitrogen
  54. pest

    a persistently annoying person
  55. ecological

    characterized by the interdependence of living organisms
  56. mapping

    (mathematics) a mathematical relation such that each element of a given set (the domain of the function) is associated with an element of another set (the range of the function)
  57. geographically

    with respect to geography
  58. sensing

    becoming aware of something via the senses
  59. oxide

    any compound of oxygen with another element or a radical
  60. oxidation

    the process by which a substance combines with oxygen
  61. dweller

    a person who inhabits a particular place
  62. greenhouse

    a building with glass walls and roof
  63. carbon

    an abundant nonmetallic element in all organic compounds
  64. chlorine

    a common nonmetallic element belonging to the halogens
  65. airborne

    moved or conveyed by or through air
  66. climatic

    of or relating to weather in some location over time
  67. meteorological

    of or pertaining to atmospheric phenomena, especially weather and weather conditions
  68. deforestation

    the state of being clear of trees
  69. nitric

    of or containing nitrogen
  70. nitrogen

    a common nonmetallic element that is normally a colorless odorless tasteless inert diatomic gas; constitutes 78 percent of the atmosphere by volume; a constituent of all living tissues
  71. sediment

    matter that has been deposited by some natural process
  72. agrarian

    relating to rural matters
  73. estuary

    the wide part of a river where it nears the sea
  74. amenities

    things that make you comfortable and at ease
  75. botanist

    a biologist specializing in the study of plants
  76. forestry

    the science of developing and caring for wooded areas
  77. cycling

    the sport of traveling on a two-wheeled vehicle
  78. reclaim

    reassert one's right or title to
  79. nitrate

    any compound containing the nitrate group
  80. desertification

    a gradual transformation into arid, uninhabitable land
  81. biodiversity

    the variety of plant and animal life in a habitat
  82. stratum

    one of several parallel layers of material
  83. tropic

    either of two parallels of latitude about 23.5 degrees to the north and south of the equator representing the points farthest north and south at which the sun can shine directly overhead and constituting the boundaries of the Torrid Zone or tropics
  84. aquatic

    operating or living or growing in water
  85. sustainable

    capable of being prolonged
  86. inefficient

    not producing desired results; wasteful
  87. rainfall

    water falling in drops from vapor condensed in the atmosphere
  88. tropical

    relating to part of the Earth's surface with hot climate
  89. pollution

    contamination of the natural environment
  90. intensive

    characterized by a heightened level or degree
  91. availability

    the quality of being at hand when needed
  92. tropics

    the part of the Earth's surface between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn; characterized by a hot climate
  93. dam

    a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water
  94. biology

    the science that studies living organisms
  95. degrading

    characterized by dishonor
  96. wildlife

    all living things in an area that aren't tamed
  97. damaging

    (sometimes followed by `to') causing harm or injury
  98. environmental

    of or relating to the external conditions or surroundings
  99. atmospheric

    relating to or located in the mass of air surrounding Earth
  100. geographic

    of or relating to the science of geography
  101. bacteria

    single-celled organisms that can cause disease
  102. delegate

    a person appointed or elected to represent others
  103. conservation

    careful management of the environment and natural resources
  104. continental

    of or relating to or characteristic of a continent
  105. subsistence

    a means of surviving
  106. degraded

    lowered in value
  107. warming

    the process of becoming warmer; a rising temperature
  108. degradation

    a change to a lower state
  109. populace

    people in general considered as a whole
  110. fringe

    an ornamental border of short lengths of hanging threads
  111. geographical

    of or relating to the science of geography
  112. saving

    recovery or preservation from loss or danger
  113. disaster

    an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
  114. continent

    one of the large landmasses of the earth
  115. fixing

    the act of putting something in working order again
  116. economics

    science dealing with the circulation of goods and services
  117. vegetation

    the process of growth in plants
  118. deposit

    the act of putting something somewhere
  119. regional

    characteristic of a particular area
  120. urban

    relating to a city or densely populated area
  121. architect

    someone who creates plans to be used in making something
  122. democratic

    based upon the principles of social equality
  123. savings

    a fund of money put aside as a reserve
  124. clearing

    a treeless tract of land in the middle of a wooded area
  125. mining

    the act of extracting ores or coal from the earth
  126. strip

    take off or remove
  127. impact

    the striking of one body against another
  128. consumption

    the act of using something up
Created on August 16, 2011