[ bahy-oh-jee-og-ruh-fee ]
/ ˌbaɪ oʊ dʒiˈɒg rə fi /
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the study of the geographical distribution of living things.
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OTHER WORDS FROM biogeographybi·o·ge·og·ra·pher, nounbi·o·ge·o·graph·ic [bahy-oh-jee-uh-graf-ik], /ˌbaɪ oʊˌdʒi əˈgræf ɪk/, bi·o·ge·o·graph·i·cal, adjectivebi·o·ge·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for biogeography
Bird watching triggered his lifelong pursuits of evolution and biogeography, as well as conservation.Jared Diamond Talks About His New Book for Young Readers|William O’Connor|April 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They illustrate the phenomenon known as island biogeography.Why Do We Save Some Species and Let Others Get Devastated?|Melissa Holbrook Pierson|May 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for biogeography
/ (ˌbaɪəʊdʒɪˈɒɡrəfɪ) /
the branch of biology concerned with the geographical distribution of plants and animals
Derived forms of biogeographybiogeographical (ˌbaɪəʊˌdʒɪəˈɡræfɪkəl), adjectivebiogeographically, adverb
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Scientific definitions for biogeography
[ bī′ō-jē-ŏg′rə-fē ]
The scientific study of the geographic distribution of plant and animal life. Factors affecting distribution include the geologic history of a region, its climate and soil composition, and the presence or absence of natural barriers like deserts, oceans, and mountains. Biotic factors such as interactions among competing species, coevolutionary influences, and the reproductive and nutritional requirements of populations and species are also studied.♦ A biogeographic region is a large, generally continuous division of the Earth's surface having a distinctive biotic community. Biogeographic regions are usually defined separately for floral and faunal communities and are largely restricted to the terrestrial areas of the Earth.
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