Ocean zone vocab.

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Plankton

the aggregate of small plant and animal organisms that float or drift in great numbers in fresh or salt water

Nekton

all organisms that swim actively in open water, independent of currents

Benthos

organisms (plants and animals) that live at or near the bottom of a sea

food web

network of complex interactions formed by the feeding relationships among the various organisms in an ecosystem

intertidal zone

part of the shoreline that is underwater at high tide and exposed to the air at low tide

Etuary

the tidal arm of a river

aquaculture

the science of cultervating marine fish.

nodules

small like pertrusion

sonar

a device that bounces sound waves off underwater objects and then records the echoes of these sound waves

continental shelf

a gently sloping, shallow area of the ocean floor that extends outward from the edge of a continent

continential slope

a steep slope from the continential shelf to the ocean floor

desalination

process of removing salt from salt water

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