Science Oceans Vocab #4

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Oceanic Zone

extends from 200 meters deep all the way down to the bottom of the ocean

Ocean Trench

the deepest parts of the ocean

Photic Zone

the top layer of the ocean where sunlight penetrates

Photosynthesis

a chemical process where plants and algae use a sun's energy to make sugars from carbon dioxide and water

Phytoplankton

the plant and algae component of the plankton

Producer

a living thing that produces its own food within itself, usually by using sunlight energy in photosynthesis

Salinity

the amount of dissolved solids in seawater

Seamount

a volcanic peak that rises at least 3280 feet from the floor

Sustainability

capable of continuing over a long period of time without causing permanent damage

Upwelling

the upward movement to the ocean surface of deeper, cold and usually nutrient-rich waters

Zooplankton

animal component of the plankton that feed on phytoplankton and other zooplankton

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