carrying capacity


Definition of carrying capacity 

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

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Special Forces upgrades — model 47G — using 1,400 parts from 500 suppliers and 45,000 man-hours of work per helicopter, will boost the Chinooks’ carrying capacity to 27 tons, from 25. Joseph N. Distefano,, "Boeing upgrades Chinooks at Delco plant in 100-year program," 27 June 2018 The bridge has been reconstructed to overcome future shifts in the San Jacinto River and restore its load-carrying capacity. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "TxDOT targets June 30 for completion of repairs on Hwy. 59 bridge near Humble, Kingwood," 21 June 2018 Two-engine jets burn less fuel yet grew to closely match the 747’s carrying capacity. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Last Rites for a Boeing 747," 6 June 2018 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 For basic travel, this bag presents a happy medium between the durability and carrying capacity of a duffel and the organization of a traditional suitcase. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Testing Adventure-Ready Travel Bags from Eagle Creek," 10 May 2018 Women with significantly higher levels of testosterone could potentially have greater muscle strength and greater oxygen carrying capacity. Kasandra Brabaw,, "What Makes A "Female" Athlete? The Answer Isn't So Simple," 1 May 2018 Seaspan is the world’s largest containership lessor by cargo-carrying capacity, according to Alphaliner, and the combined companies would have 8% of the market. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Top Supply Chain and Logistics News From WSJ," 15 Mar. 2018 The state recently downgraded their load carrying capacities, and no truck heavier than 80,000 pounds – about the size of a large supermarket delivery truck – is allowed on them. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "State may tear down major Sacramento bridges to build bigger ones for mega-trucks | The Sacramento Bee," 5 Mar. 2018

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1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of carrying capacity was in 1889

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