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22 terms

marine biology 21-40

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chemosynthetic
making food from energy from chemical reactrions
cmmenalism
a relationship where one organism benefits and the other is neither hurt nor benefiting
dessication
the act of being dryed out
detrivore
an organism that feeds on detritus
ectotherm
an animal that contains all of its body heat from its environment
endotherm
an animal that maintains a constant body temperature by generating heat internally
heterotroph
an organsim that relies on other organsims for food
homostasis
the internal balance that living organsims must maintain ti survive
mutualism
a relationship where both organsims benefit
niche
an organsims role in its environment
paratism
living off another organism
photic zone
the section that recieves light in the ocean and photosynthesis
plankton
organsims that float or drift in the sea's currents
salinity
the amount of salt in the water
symbiosis
an intimate arrangement between 2 different kinds of organisms
continnental drift
the movement of continental masses as a relsut of sea floor
continental shelf
the edge of a continental land mass
deep sea vent community
a community of marine organisms that depend on the specialized environment found at dwergences zone in the ocean floor
magma
molten material located deep in earths mantle
longitude
the angualr distance east and wets of the prime meridian measured in degrees
mid ocean ridge
a long mountain range that froms along cracks in the ocean floor where erupting magma breaks through the earths crust
pangaea
the singe continental land mas or supercontinent that existed about 400 mya