Abiotic factor



a nonliving condition or thing, as climate or habitat, that influences or affects an ecosystem and the organisms in it:
Abiotic factors can determine which species of organisms will survive in a given environment.
noun

pertaining to any non-biological factors that play a role in an organism’s environment; non-living environmental factors
Examples

A forest fire is an example of an abiotic factor.

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