population explosion

noun

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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An unanticipated population explosion had taken place along the L line in Brooklyn, as young people were driven out of Manhattan by high rents. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 The relatively warm winter of 2016-2017 led to an unexpected lanternfly population explosion last year and prompted the Pennsylvania agriculture department to place 13 southeastern counties under quarantine. Jonathan M. Pitts, Washington Post, "Maryland is bracing for an invasion of lanternflies, and racing to slow their spread," 28 Feb. 2018 Steppe by steppe That branching seems to have been part of a Y. pestis population explosion around 4,000 years ago, which is when phylogenetic analysis of ancient bacterial genomes suggests that plague strains diversified rapidly. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "4,000-year-old genomes point to origins of bubonic plague," 12 June 2018 In few places is that tension more evident than along Colorado’s Front Range, where a fracking boom is colliding with a population explosion. Julie Turkewitz, New York Times, "24 Oil Wells in a School’s Backyard. How Close Is Too Close?," 31 May 2018 In reality, dinosaurs never roamed Kauai, though their chicken descendants have been waddling around willfully since 1992, when Hurricane Iniki freed them from their cages and triggered a poultry population explosion. Martha Cheng, WSJ, "3 Perfect Days on Kauai: The Quintessential Hawaiian Island," 21 Mar. 2018 That growth has been fueled by a population explosion that has seen Meridian nearly triple in size since 2000. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "This area of Meridian is on the verge of becoming the fastest-growing place in Idaho | Idaho Statesman," 12 Mar. 2018 Insect experts say a recent population explosion north of the Mason-Dixon Line means the bug is all but certain to appear in northeastern Maryland this spring, possibly as soon as in April. Jonathan M. Pitts, Washington Post, "Maryland is bracing for an invasion of lanternflies, and racing to slow their spread," 28 Feb. 2018 Some have barely made an impact and have died out, while others have found the right conditions for a population explosion. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "Army Corps starting levee patrols as Mississippi River rises," 26 Feb. 2018

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population explosion

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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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