carrying capacity


Definition of carrying capacity

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

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The railway’s freight-carrying capacity was miscalculated and has proved to be only 40% of what was predicted. The Economist, "China is thinking twice about lending to Africa," 29 June 2019 The new Fat Albert will have a longer range and greater carrying capacity, allowing it to carry more of the team’s equipment. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Blue Angels Are Getting a New 'Fat Albert'," 26 June 2019 With some ungulates, populations may have already reached the park’s carrying capacity. Benedict Moran, National Geographic, "Rwanda's war nearly destroyed this park. Now it's coming back.," 7 May 2019 Many scientists think California sea lions have reached carrying capacity; starvation events in the past few years dropped the number of California sea lions from a high of more than 300,000. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 But the growth slowed down after 2002 to under 2.2 percent annually, which biologists say is because the population in the core habitat in and around Yellowstone is at or near carrying capacity. Rocky Barker, idahostatesman, "Idaho approves first grizzly bear hunting season in more than 40 years | Idaho Statesman," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of carrying capacity

1889, in the meaning defined above

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