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Aquatic Biome

one of the fundamental biome classifications; a biome in water


climatically and geographically defined as similiar climatic conditions on the Earth, such as communities of plants, animals, and soil organisms


slightly salty


an organism that breaks down the cells of a dead plant or animal into simpler substances


an organism that uses organic waste as a food source


the part of the mouth/lower region of a river where the river current meets the sea's tide

Marine Biome

Biomes of the coastal and continental shelf areas


living or growing at or near the surface of the ocean, far from land

top predator

the organism at the top of the food chain

coral reefs

underwater structures made from calcium carbonate secrated by corals. Harbor the most diverse ecosystems on Earth

vent communities

a volanic vent that sprouts out geothermally heated water; host complex communities

abyssal plain

an underwater plain on the deep ocean floor, found at the depths of 3,000 and 6,000 meters. The deepest living fish was found at this depth

mangrove forest

a tree/shrub of medium height. It occurs in tropics or subtropics and exists in brackish and pure salt water


a partly enclosed coastal body of water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it. It has a connection to the sea

coast lines

where the land meets the ocean. Also known as littoral zone or the inter tidal zone

kelp forest

underwater areas with a high density of kelp. It is one of the most productive and dynamic ecosystems on Earth


an animal that eats other animals


an animal that eats plants


animals that swim strongly


any animal (a living thing that eats plants or other animals to get its energy)


any plant (a living thing that takes energy from the sun and creates sugar)


plants and animals that crawl on the ocean floor


plants and animals that float in the ocean


the bottom of the ocean


the building blocks of life that living need to survive


the layer of the ocean that has light

mixed layer

the layer of the ocean that is well mixed by wind


the layer of the ocean with no light


tiny animals that float in the ocean


tiny plants that float in the ocean

coastal upwelling

zones where water that is rich in nutrients come to the surface

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