die-off


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die-off

(dī′ôf′, -ŏf′)
n.
A sudden collapse of a species or of a population or community of organisms, as from disease or environmental disruption.
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die-off

n
(Biology) the process or occurrence of large numbers of deaths in a population of animals, plants, etc
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die′-off`

or die′off`,



n.
a sudden decline in a natural population from causes other than human intervention.
[1935–40]
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He met with the locals who protested against the firm accusing them of harming their health and the die-off of small cattle.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared the whale die-off an "unusual mortality event," a designation that triggers greater scrutiny and allocation of more resources to determine the cause.
In the current study, researchers documented a four-month-long die-off of puffins and a second species, the Crested auklet, on St.
Annual disease monitoring in saiga antelopes had been established after die-offs occurred in western Kazakhstan in 2010, and an international multidisciplinary research team was on the ground at the time of the die-off, performing routine surveillance (3,4).
Australia's Great Barrier Reef suffered a "catastrophic die-off" of coral during an extended heatwave in 2016, threatening a broader range of reef life than previously feared, a report revealed Thursday.
Just days after researchers announced the largest-ever recorded die-off of the Great Barrier Reef, a government report to UNESCO released Thursday noted that farm chemicals and coastal sediment flowing into the waters were the biggest threats to the continued survival of the extensive ecosystem.
In this week's edition of the Trib+Water newsletter: The Ogallala aquifer is being drained away, a coral reef off the Texas coast is the scene of a mass marine life die-off and an interview with Paul Choules of the Texas Desalination Association.
A suspected die-off of roughly 75 percent of land species didn't accompany the Permian extinction around 252 million years ago, a team of geologists contends.
During the 1980's the sea urchins of the Caribbean coral reefs suffered a massive die-off. The specific cause for the urchins death was never determined but scientists believe that it was most likely a disease that spread through the water.
There is no direct connection between the mass die-off of saiga antelopes and launches of the Russian rocket-carriers Proton at the Baikonur cosmodrome, said acting chairman of the Aerospace Committee of the Ministry of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan Meirbek Moldabekov.
ROCKAWAY BEACH - Thousands of jellyfish- like creatures have been piling up on the beach in what appears to be a massive die-off.