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Group, survival

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Group, survival  (GROUP, survival)

The maximum population1 of a territory, sometimes called its carrying capacity1, is generally understood in an absolute sense to mean the largest number of persons that could be sustained under specified conditions; but it is sometimes used to denote the largest number that could be supported at an assumed standard of living. Conversely the minimum population2 is generally taken to be the smallest number of persons in an area which is consistent with group survival3.