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Ch. 6 Exploring the Nature of Energy Flow

A diagram in the shape of a pyramid that depicts how much energy is available at each trophic level.
An illustration of how energy is transferred from a producer through various consumers.
A plant or other photosynthetic organism that uses sunlight to produce glucose, a form of energy that can be used by most organisms.
A species that, despite its often low abundance, has a dramatic effect on a community.
A complex illustration that shows all the possible pathways energy could take as it is transferred from producers through consumers in a community; a summary of energy flow in a community.
Stored Energy.
The biological process by which organisms use oxygen to release the potential energy stored in glucose. The products of respiration are energy, carbon dioxide and water.
An organism that gets energy by feeding on dead organisms.
The transfer of energy from one organism to another.
The position (producer, primary consumer, etc.) an organism occupies in a food chain.
An organism that breaks biomolecules found in the tissues of dead organisms into simpler molecules that can be used by producers during photosynthesis.
The process and resulting tissues of plants and other photosynthetic organisms formed when they combine glucose with other molecules.
Organisms that can’t transform sunlight into usable energy and must eat other organisms to survive.
A harvest tool in which fish shorter and longer than a certain length range can be harvested, but fish that fall within the length range, or slot, have to be returned to the water unharmed.
The process that begins the transformation of water and carbon dioxide into wood, leaves, and other tissues.
Energy in motion
The ability to do work.