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noun, plural: environments

(1) The external conditions, resources, stimuli etc. with which an organism interacts.

(2) The external surroundings including all of the biotic and abiotic factors that surround and affect the survival and development of an organism or population.

(3) The totality of the surrounding conditions and elements in an individual.


The environments may be regarded as natural environment or built environment.

They may also be marine, atmospheric, or terrestrial according to their attributes.

Word origin: Middle English envirounen, from Old French environner, from environ, round about + -ment.

Related forms: environmental (adjective), environmentally (adverb).
Related terms: environmentalist, environmentalism.

See also: habitat, ecological niche.

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... By every measure, black American IQ debunks your entire worldview. Good point that I would like to add to! The average IQ should be affected by environment and genetics, and the international variations in IQ should reveal how strongly environment affects these averages. The more variation that ...

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by wildfunguy
Thu Mar 13, 2014 4:13 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Brain size=IQ level theory (Blacks vs Whites & Asians)
Replies: 68
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Re: Ecological Niche

The definition I like is from http://www.nps.gov/glba/forteachers/marine-environment-instructional-resources.htm Ecological Niche - The way a species 'makes its living;' where it lives, what it consumes, and how it avoids consumption by predators or ...

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by Gannet
Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:44 am
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Ecological Niche
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Views: 11136

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

... subliminal visual testing of letters or numbers.)The phenomenon associated with reactions to scenes of violence whether to people animals or the environment is one of 'habituation.' the reaction loses intensity according to how many times they have seen something similar. One would for instance ...

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by animartco
Fri Mar 07, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment
Replies: 45
Views: 32842

Re: Humans Natural Habitat/Optimal Environment

From Maniguet, Xavier; SURVIVAL, HOW TO PREVAIL IN HOSTILE ENVIRONMENTS; BARNES & NOBLE BOOKS; NEW YORK, NY; 1994; p031 Man may be considered a tropical animal because when he is naked and unprotected, the temperature of his surroundings must be 82.4°F (28°C) for his metabolism to be maintained ...

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by Gannet
Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:31 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Humans Natural Habitat/Optimal Environment
Replies: 2
Views: 246

Humans Natural Habitat/Optimal Environment

... you can sweat, your hairs can piloerect and blood vessels can expand and shrink depending on the temperature. It may be that several different environments may be perfect for different "versions" of you. Things like food are more difficult to answer because what you need depends on ...

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by Babybel56
Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:04 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Humans Natural Habitat/Optimal Environment
Replies: 2
Views: 246
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