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n. Ecology
A climax community that has been disturbed by various influences, especially by humans and domestic animals, such as a grassland community that has been altered to desert by overgrazing.
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(Environmental Science) ecology a climax community resulting from the activities of man or domestic animals in climatic and other conditions that would otherwise support a different type of community
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(dɪsˈklaɪ mæks)

a stable ecological community that has replaced the normal climax in a given area owing to ecological disturbance, esp. by human activity.
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The community at the survey site is a disclimax community (due to deliberate removal of trees) that has elements of all three of the communities mentioned above [5].
Tal paisagem disclimax resultou na sugestao de uma importante hipotese aventada por Ab'Saber (1981b, p.
Further intensified burning and cultivation produced a 'plagioclimax (or disclimax)' of shorter grasses.
An example of one such process is fire, which in savanna biomes of Africa, Australia, and South America changes plant succession from a 'fireless climax' to a 'fire disclimax'.
Prairie and Plains disclimax and disappearing butterflies in the central United States.
Progression of this transition to disclimax, undoubtedly, will lead to a depauperate herbaceous plant community.