What is biodiversity?

  • (noun): The diversity of plant and animal life in a particular habitat (or in the world as a whole).
    Example: "A high level of biodiversity is desirable"


Biodiversity is the degree of variation of life forms within a given species, ecosystem, biome, or an entire planet. Biodiversity is a measure of the health of ecosystems. Biodiversity is in part a function of climate. In terrestrial habitats, tropical regions are typically rich whereas polar regions support fewer species.

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Some articles on biodiversity:

Subdivisions Of Bhutan - Biodiversity - Conservation Issues
... Pressures on the natural environment are already evident and will be fuelled by a complex array of forces ... They include population pressures, agricultural modernisation, poaching, hydro-power development, mineral extraction, industrialisation, urbanisation, sewage and waste disposal, tourism, competition for available land road construction and the provision of other physical infrastructure associated with social and economic development ...
Shocklach Oviatt - Biodiversity and The Environment
... Shocklach Oviatt has a range of biodiversity that the village takes pride in ... The Shocklach village website provides a biodiversity survey, recording a diverse range of 138 species of flora (plant life) and 303 species of fauna (animal life) ... Furthermore, it shows to have connections and interests in biodiversity ...
Savage River State Forest - Geography - Biodiversity
... Larger wildlife includes white-tailed deer, black bears, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, and various small furbearing mammals such as canids, opossums, rodents, and skunks ... Additionally, birds that populate the area include wood ducks, mallards, teal and black ducks, woodcocks, and neo-tropical migratory birds ...
Coral Triangle - Delineation
... used to delineate the Coral Triangle were High species biodiversity (more than 500 coral species, high biodiversity of reef fishes, foraminifera, fungid corals, and stomatopods) and habitat ...
Biodiversity - Analytical Limits - Taxonomic and Size Relationships
... Less than 1% of all species that have been described have been studied beyond simply noting their existence ... The vast majority of Earth's species are microbial ...