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Ecology is the scientific study of the relations that living organisms have with respect to each other and their natural environment. Variables of interest to ecologists include the composition, distribution, amount , number, and changing states of organisms within and among ecosystems...
, a mesic habitat
is a type of habitat
* Habitat , a place where a species lives and grows*Human habitat, a place where humans live, work or play** Space habitat, a space station intended as a permanent settlement...
with a moderate or well-balanced supply of moisture
Humidity is the amount of moisture the air can hold before it rains. Moisture refers to the presence of a liquid, especially water, often in trace amounts...
, e.g., a mesic forest, a temperate hardwood forest, or dry-mesic prairie
Dry-mesic prairie has a high forb diversity and low percentage of grass cover. Dominant species are porcupine grass and Canada blue-joint grass....
. Compared to a dry habitat, a mesic habitat is moister.
Mesic is one of a triad of terms to describe the amount of water in a habitat. The others are xeric and hydric.