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carrying capacity

[′kar·ē·iŋ kə′pas·əd·ē]
(ecology)
The maximum population size that the environment can support without deterioration.
(electricity)
The maximum amount of current or power that can be safely handled by a wire or other component.

Carrying capacity

In terms of the built and urban environment, refers to the upper limits of development beyond which the quality of human life, health, welfare, safety or community character and identity might be unsustainably altered; a measure of the ability of a region to accommodate growth and development within the limits defined by existing infrastructure and natural resource capabilities. It is a finite quantity that equates to the ecosystem resources of a defined area such as a locality, habitat, region, country, or place.

carrying capacity

Of an electric cable or wire, same as ampacity.
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In all cases these carrying capacities have pertained to populations of whitetail deer that are found further north than coastal Georgia.
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First, let's define "too high" in terms of three types of carrying capacities: cultural (the maximum number of deer that can coexist compatibly with local human populations); biological (the number of deer the ecosystem can support in good physical condition over an extended period of time); and biodiversity (the maximum number of deer that can exist without negatively affecting floral and faunal diversity).