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What are some nonliving things?

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February 09, 2011 7:00PM

Nonliving things are those which do not display life, such as rocks, water, glass.

(The term organic is used to mean items or substances created by life, even if the material is no longer part of a living thing, e.g. oil, wood, coral, seashells.)

The 5 characteristics of living things:

1. Living things are made up of one or more cell

2. Living things obtain and use energy

3. Living things grow and develop

4. Living things reproduce

5. Living things respond and adapt to their environment (Homoeostasis)

Biologists have classified viruses as "living" because they are made of the same types of proteins as other life. But they display very different life cycles.