Carrying capacity

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In biology, the carrying capacity of an environment is the number of organisms of a particular species that can live there without harming the environment. If too many organisms live in an environment, it is called overpopulation.[1]

The carrying capacity of an environment can change, and humans can have an effect on the carrying capacity. For example, agriculture and irrigation allow feeding more people; meaning human carrying capacity is increased.[2]

Some things that can change an environment's carrying capacity are pollution and the use of natural resources.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Overpopulation".
  2. "Human Carrying Capacity is Determined by Food Availability" (PDF). Russel Hopfenberg, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department, Duke University, USA.
  3. "Carrying Capacity". The Environmental Literacy Council.