Carrying capacity

In ecology, the carrying capacity of an environment is the number of organisms of a particular species that can live there depending on the amount of resources it has. 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 the 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]

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  3. "Carrying Capacity". The Environmental Literacy Council. Archived from the original on 2020-09-26. Retrieved 2019-02-14.