- diversity among and within plant and animal species in an environment.
Origin of biodiversity
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- the existence of a wide variety of plant and animal species in their natural environments, which is the aim of conservationists concerned about the indiscriminate destruction of rainforests and other habitats
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Word Origin and History for biodiversity
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- The number, variety, and genetic variation of different organisms found within a specified geographic region.
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The preservation of biodiversity is considered by environmentalists to be a major goal of environmental policy.
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