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Term Term description
karst topography

A landscape that is characterized by numerous caves, sinkholes, fissures, and underground streams, due to its calcareous bed rock, (CaCO3), which is highly soluble in water.

keystone species

A species on which other species in an ecosystem largely depend, such that if it were removed the ecosystem would change drastically.

 

kindness

The moral virtue of compassion and assistance to others.

kinetic energy

The energy an object possesses due to its motion.

krypton

A colorless, odorless element that is a noble gas (elements occurring in gaseous form that do not react chemically with other elements or chemical compounds except very rarely). It is used in certain fluorescent lamps and photographic flash lamps.

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