population explosion


Definition of population explosion

: a pyramiding of numbers of a biological population especially : the recent great increase in human numbers resulting from increased survival and exponential population growth

Examples of population explosion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The population explosion was centered in the metro areas in the north, led by Wasatch County’s eye-popping 47.8% leap in the past decade. The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Aug. 2021 The policy was intended to curb China's population explosion but led to acts of cruelty. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, 1 July 2021 While Denver’s population explosion is old news, with record-setting increases pouring in year after year and a momentum that somehow refuses to slow, nearby Colorado Springs has been encouraging an evolution of its own. Brandon Schultz, Forbes, 5 June 2021 De Wit pushes back on the boaters' theory that the manatee population explosion is to blame for eating themselves out of habitat and home. Jim Waymer, USA TODAY, 8 May 2021 The public’s positive reaction to the Craftsman and the housing boom and population explosion triggered by the fair forever cemented the demand for what has become Portland’s signature home style. oregonlive, 8 Dec. 2020 The population explosion that followed the successful fair cemented demand for the sturdy dwellings fronted by covered porches and substantial columns. oregonlive, 6 Nov. 2020 Scientists have documented a recent population explosion of beavers on the Baldwin Peninsula near Kotzebue. Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2020 Sea otters and some 800 other marine species depend on them, as do fishers in the state’s abalone and red urchin industries, now devastated by a purple urchin population explosion. Maurice Roper, National Geographic, 30 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of population explosion

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Population explosion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/population%20explosion. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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Medical Definition of population explosion

: a pyramiding of numbers of a biological population especially : the recent great increase in human numbers resulting from both increased survival and exponential population growth

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