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The study and the exploration of the world's oceans
A place where fresh water from a river meets and mixes with salt water from the ocean
The largest of Earth's aquatic ecosystems
A series of organisms in which each feeds on the one at the next lower trophic level
A network of interconnected food chains
Variety of life found on Earth
The movement of cold, nutrient-rich water from deep layers of the ocean up to the surface
A mass of ocean water that flows from one place to another
The process by which the cells of plants use the energy of sunlight to make their food
The process by which some organisms use the energy stored in chemical bonds to make their food
Hot fluids released from the ocean floor, along with nutrients and gasses
The saltiness of a body of water
Marine organisms that actively swim in the ocean
Marine plants and animals that live on the bottom of ocean floor
The microscopic organisms that float in the water and carried by waves and currents
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Having to do with water
The farming of fresh and saltwater organisms, (i.e. Shrimp and Tilapia )
mostly flat part of the ocean floor.
Animal makes its own light, used to attract prey or mates ex. lightning bug, angler fish,
Extends from the end of the continent outward to where the bottom drops off into a steep slope.
The steep incline off the continent, considered the "true edge of the continent"
Microscopic algae with plate like structures composed of silica. Reminds you of a stained glass window.
Also called splash zone. The area that lies between the low and high tide line.
The first 200 meters from the shore to the end of the continental shelf.
Open Ocean Zone
Extends past the Neritic Zone outward.
Animal like plankton, eats plantlike plankton. (Primary Producer)
The deepest part of the ocean. The deepest one is in the Pacific and is named the Mariana(s).
Something that comes from the land.
New earth is added to ocean floor, occurs where diverging plates divide.
An underwater mountain that does not break the water surface
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