Carrying capacity may mean any of the following:
- The maximum number of organisms that an area or habitat can support
without reducing its ability to support the same number of organisms
in the future.
- The amount of biological matter the system can yield, for consumption
by animals or humans, over a given period of time without impairing
its ability to continue producing, or the number of animals it can support
without being degraded.
- The maximum population of a given species that can be supported indefinitely,
in a particular region, allowing for seasonal and random changes, without
any degradation of the natural resource base that would diminish the
maximum population in the future.
- The maximum intensity of use an area will continuously support under
a management program without inducing a permanent change in the biotic
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