carrying capacity


Definition of carrying capacity

: the maximum population (as of deer) that an area will support without undergoing deterioration

Examples of carrying capacity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to hip pockets, these sleek bibs offer extra carrying capacity, with two lower-back pockets, essentially replacing the ones on your jersey. Riley Missel, Outside Online, 28 May 2021 Another measure is balance with habitat and with people that live there, which is social carrying capacity. Bryan Hendricks, Arkansas Online, 27 May 2021 As the global population rises, our planet’s carrying capacity will be tested. Simon Mainwaring, Forbes, 24 May 2021 As the channel's carrying capacity diminishes over time, the river eventually seeks a new route. Fred Pearce, Science | AAAS, 13 May 2021 The neutrality argument leads to the absence of the polluter pays principle, effectively allowing freeloading on the global risk-carrying capacity of Central banks, governments, and ultimately citizens. Frank Van Gansbeke, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2021 Short-takeoff aircraft are expected to have significantly longer range and additional weight-carrying capacity at half the operating costs, though Ausman believes both types of aircraft will have their uses. Daniel Bachmann, Robb Report, 11 Apr. 2021 The most conservative estimate is 728, and many estimate the population is closer to 1,000 bears, well above the recovery criteria and above the carrying capacity. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, 23 Feb. 2021 The container-carrying capacity of ships like the Ever Given has doubled over the past decade, the Washington Post reported, underscoring the risks taken by shipping companies to transport goods. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of carrying capacity

1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Carrying capacity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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