1. the atmospheric pressure conditions corresponding to the periodic warming of El Nino and cooling of La Nina
    Souther Oscillation
  2. species that originate and live in an area or environment
    indigenous species
  3. transition in species composition of a biological community
    ecological succession
  4. states that no two species can occupy the same niche at the same time
    Gause's principle
  5. the process by which specialized bacteria convert ammonia to nitrogen and release it back into the atmosphere
  6. a stable, mature community in a successive series that has reached equilibrium after having evolved through stages and adapted to its environment
    climax community
  7. the process in which plants absorb ammonium, ammonia ions, and nitrate ions through their roots
  8. the region draining into a river system or other body of water
  9. a process in which cold, often nutrient rich waters from the ocean depths rise to the surface
  10. the constant winds blowing in horizontal directions over the earth's surface, as part of Hadley cells
    trade winds
  11. a layer in a large body of water, such as a lake, that sharply separates regions differing in temperature
  12. in tectonic plates, the site at which an oceanic plate is sliding under a continental plate
    subduction zone
  13. a bloom of dinoflagellates that causes reddish discoloration of coastal ocean waters.
    red tide
  14. when water rights are given to those who have historically used the water in a certain area
    prior appropiation
  15. the edges of tectonic plates
    plate boundaries
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Vocab for Environmental Science