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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