Definition of Terms

 Definition of Terms

There is a lot of technical terms on the Rivers and Streams website. This page is designed to help navigate and define these words and phrases. Use the line below to skip to a certain letter.
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TermDefinition
Ecosystem:
Any complex of living organisms interacting with abiotic components that form and function as a natural environmental unit.
Eddy:
Circular current of water, formed where water flows past some obstruction.
Endemic:
A species that is unique to a locality or drainage.
Environment:
Combination of biotic, biotic, and climatic conditions that influences an organism, population or community.
Erosion:
Process of weathering away of streambanks and adjacent land slopes by water, ice, wind, or other factors.
Eutrophication:
Process through which excessive organismal growth, typically algae, is induced by excess nutrient input. Also a natural process of maturing in a body of water.