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Atoll
Is a ring shaped reef surronding a shallow lagoon
Mid-Ocean Ridge
The undersea moutain chain where new ocean floor is produced.
Abyssal Plain
A smooth, nearly flat region of the deep ocean floor.
Continental Shelf
A gently sloping shallow area of the ocean floor that extends outward from the edgeof a continent.
Continental slope
A steep incline leading down from the edge of a continental shelf.
Benthos
Organisms that live on the bottom of the ocean or other body of water.
Nekton
Free swimming animals that can move throughout the water column.
Plankton
Tiny algae and animals that float in water and are carried by waves and currents
Estuary
Are coastal inlets or bays where fresh water from rivers mixes with the salty ocean water.
Hydrthermal Vents
An area where ocean water sinks through cracks in the ocean floor, is heated by the underlying magma and rises again through the cracks.
Sea Mounts
Are mountains that are completly underwater.
Bioluminescence
The production of light by living things.
Aquaculture
The practice of raising fish and other water organisms for food.
Brackish
Water that is partly salty and partly fresh.