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Idaho Ecosystems: Glossary

A

altitude
the height above sea level
amphibians
vertebrate animals with wet or moist skin such as frogs, toads or newts

B

bitterbrush
an evergreen shrub with yellow flowers
bunchgrass
a grass which grows in clumps

C

camas
a tall purple flower known for the eating of its bulbs by the native americans
conifers
pine bearing trees
conserve
protect
constitute
make up

D

deciduous
trees which lose their leaves in the fall
distinct
different or separate
distribution
supply of
diurnal
animals that hunt in daytime
diverse
consisting of many different parts

E

ecosystems
the interaction between living and nonliving organisms in a community
environment
the surroundings in which a plant or animal lives

F

fescue
a stiff narrow grass often found in lawns

I

investigate
to study and learn

M

marshes
an area of poorly drained land that often lies on the edge of lakes or streams

N

navigate
to travel
nocturnal
animals that hunt at night

O

occasional
once in a while
occupied
lived in

P

panhandle
the narrow portion of our state
pollutants
materials that are unhealthy for the environment
pristine
clean and untouched

R

rabbitbrush
a desert plant with white branches and yellow flowers
rangelands
grassland
recreational
related to sports or activities done for fun
recycled
to use again
regions
parts of the land or areas
remnants
left over

S

sagebrush
a silvery-green colored bush
snowpack
snow that falls and is packed over the winter
substantial
large or sizable
succession
the replacement of one community by another
sustain
keep alive
swamps
waterlogged ground that grows grasses and some trees

V

volcanic
coming from a volcano

W

wheatgrass
a common grass
wilderness
a wild region untouched by humans
wildlife
animals that live in an area naturally
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