- 7. the process of reducing or preventing the negative impacts of climate change.
- 8. habitats found along the coast, including wetlands, mangrove forests, and rocky shores.
- 12. underwater structures formed by the accumulation of coral polyps that provide essential habitats for many marine species.
- 13. a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall, leading to a shortage of water.
- 14. a community of living organisms, together with the nonliving components of their environment, interacting as a system.
- 15. the species to which we belong, characterized by a highly developed brain, the ability to walk upright, and the capacity for language and abstract reasoning.
- 1. the complete disappearance of a species or group of organisms.
- 2. the characteristic meteorological conditions that occur in a particular region or at a particular time of year.
- 3. a fire in a natural area, such as a forest or grassland, that is not intended to be
- 4. a large carnivorous bear that lives in the Arctic and is characterized by its white fur and strong swimming ability.
- 5. an overflow of water that submerges land that is usually dry.
- 6. the process by which the pH of seawater decreases, making it more acidic.
- 9. the average level of the ocean's surface.
- 10. animals, plants, and other organisms living in the wild.
- 11. a long-term change in the average weather patterns that have come to define Earth's local, regional, and global climates.