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Brackish
Water that is partly salty and partly fresh, characteristic of estuaries.
Continental Slope
An incline leading down from the edge of the continental shelf.
Current
A large stream of moving water that flows through the ocean.
Delta
A landform made of sediment that is deposited where a river flows into an ocean or lake.
Desalination
The process of obtaining fresh water from salt water by removing the salt.
Estuary
A coastal inlet or bay where fresh water mixes with salty ocean water.
Intertidal Zone
The area that stretches from the highest high-tide line on land out to the point on the continental shelf
exposed by the lowest low tide.
Neap Tide
A tide with the least difference between low and high tide that occurs when the sun and moon pull at right angles to each other.
Neritic Zone
The region of shallow water in the ocean that extends from the low-tide line out to the edge of the
continental shelf.
Open-Ocean Zone
The area of the ocean beyond the edge of the continental shelf.
Salinity
The total amount of dissolved salts in a water sample.
Spring Tide
A tide with the greatest difference between high and low tide that occurs when the sun and moon are
aligned in a line with Earth.
Tides
The daily rise and fall of Earth's waters on shores.
Upwelling
An upward flow of cold water from the ocean depths.