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Recent Examples of biodiversity from the Web
Jeff Scheid—Las Vegas Review-Journal/AP In Oregon, an organization represent-ing timber mills has sued over Obama’s expansion of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, a hub of biodiversity that sits at the crux of converging ecosystems.
This is the crown jewel of the Rio Grande Valley wildlife refuge system, with one of the highest rates of biodiversity in the U.S.
Across the hall from the first graders at the Creative Public Charter, nine-year-old Peyton Davis was learning about biodiversity and reading about life on earth.
The Mediterranean is a biodiversity hotspot, home to approximately 17,000 different species despite accounting for less than 1 percent of the ocean’s surface area.
A study published yesterday in Current Biology suggests ocean acidification is driving a cascading set of behavioral and environmental changes that drains oceans’ biodiversity.
The outdoor learning space has been set up to educate visitors about local plant species and pollinators that support the local biodiversity.
Both are profoundly dedicated to preserving biodiversity but approach the problem from vastly different perspectives.
Worker productivity and biodiversity changes were also unaccounted for.
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Did You Know?
Biodiversity may become the rallying call for the next decade, wrote David Wake in the journal Science in 1989. Indeed, biodiversity is a word you're likely to encounter in writing about ecology and the environment today. But when Wake used it, "biodiversity" was still a relatively new addition to the English language, having first appeared in writing in the mid-1980s. Of course, the roots of biodiversity are much older. It evolved from a commingling of the descendants of the Greek noun bios, which means "mode of life," and the Latin verb divertere, which means "to turn aside" or "to go different ways."
First Known Use of biodiversity
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Definition of biodiversity for English Language Learners
: the existence of many different kinds of plants and animals in an environment
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