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

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Recent Examples on the Web Scientists have documented a recent population explosion of beavers on the Baldwin Peninsula near Kotzebue. Anchorage Daily News, "Explosion of beavers on the Baldwin Peninsula is part of their march north of the Arctic Circle," 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, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 30 Apr. 2020 In a world of finite arable land and fresh water, however, the margins of error diminish with change to any of the conditions that fostered the population explosion — e.g. a good climate. Eugene Linden, Time, "What Might the Post-Pandemic World Look Like?," 9 Apr. 2020 Marcus Lashley, assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida, says some of what set the stage for the population explosion is counterintuitive. Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, "Wild turkey menace: Angry birds are pecking cars, deflating kiddie pools and harassing the elderly," 24 Dec. 2019 New housing starts are at a 12-year high and cranes dot the skyline as developers seek to meet the demands of the city’s population explosion. Sara Cline, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Councilman Courage proposes limiting construction hours to ease residents’ concerns," 18 Sep. 2019 Exacerbating all this, of course, is Africa’s population explosion and the concomitant increase in the numbers of cattle, goats, horses, and donkeys (lion prey) that rural people keep in their villages and bomas. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "How the New Lion King Film Could Help the Real-Life Lion Crisis," 1 Aug. 2019 There has been a huge population explosion in the past few millennia. William Poundstone, Vox, "A math equation that predicts the end of humanity," 5 July 2019 Last year, Stanford University researchers provided an explanation for the population explosion: the evolution of flight. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Origins of Flight, From Birds to Bugs to Planes," 21 June 2019

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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 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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