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Continental Shelf
a gently sloping , shallow area that extends outward from the edge of each continent
Continental Slope
the steep edge of the continental shelf
Continental Rise
the gently sloping surface at the base of the continental slope
Abyssal Plain
a smooth, nearly flat region of the deep ocean floor
Ocean Trench
An area in the ocean floor that is much deeper and steeper than the rest of the ocean floor
Sea Mounts
Mountains rising from the ocean floor
the saltiness or dissolved salt content of a body of water
formed by wind blowing over a water surface
the regular rise and fall of the ocean's surface influenced by the moon's gravity pulling on earth
"rivers" of water moving within the ocean
Dissolved gases
Oxygen and other gases that are in the water that are needed by the living organisms that live in the ocean
Gulf Stream
A current in the Atlantic Ocean
food web
A community of organisms where there are several interrelated food chains
food c;hain
a community of organisms where each member is eaten in turn by another member
Ocean temperature
this factor is affected by the amount of solar energy an area receives and by the movement of water
Ecological characteristics of the ocean
characteristics dealing with the relation of living things to their environment and to each other
Physical characteristics of the ocean
characteristics dealing with the properties of the ocean water - what it's made out of, its temperature, and how it moves
Geological characteristics of the ocean
characteristics of the ocean floor and natural underwater formations

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