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Carrying Capacity
Next Generation: MS.LS2.1 MS.LS2.1

Carrying Capacity

Author: Nathan Lampson
Description:
This lesson will introduce the carrying capacity and show how it affects a population.
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Tutorial

 

There are several ways that a population's size can be limited.  The maximum population that can be sustained by an environment is known as the carrying capacity of an environment.

 

Example:

If a fenced field can sustainably grow enough grass to feed 23 cattle, but not enough to support 24 cattle,  23 cattle is the carrying capacity of the field.