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Water World Nelson

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Salinity
The amount of salt in the ocean
Thermocline
Region in a body of water which separates warmer surface water from cold deep water
Gyres
large system of rotating ocean currents
Thermohaline
Part of the ocean circulation that is driven by global density gradients
Upwelling
Water rising from the deep depths of the ocean floor because of specific wind patterns
El Nino
Warm ocean current flowing along the equator from the date line at Christmas time
Continental Shelf
Extended perimeter of each continent
Trench
A long narrow valley beneath the sea
Seamount
Mountain Rising from the Ocean that doesn't get above water level
Transform Fault
Strike-Slip fault between two plates of the earths crust