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Chapter 13. Ocean Habitats and Their Biota Topics Biology of the continental shelf Biology of the open ocean and the deep sea Biology of oceanic birds
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In temperate and polar waters, the community of species in the shelf changes seasonally in response to changing environmental conditions.
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The spatial distribution of neritic organisms is patchy. Plankton patches created by physical forces Nekton patches created by behavior, e.g. schooling Why school?
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The Biology of the Continental Shelf Because the water column is shallow in the sublittoral zone , bottom energy is important in the control of the number, type, and distribution of benthic organisms. Bottom energy A function of wave energy and tidal currents Intensity decreases with depth
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An artist’s rendition of a typical sublittoral An artist’s rendition of a typical sublittoral sand sand community. community. The Biology of the Continental Shelf
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An artist’s rendition of a typical sublittoral mud mud community. community.
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course OCE 1001 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at FSU.

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Chapter_13s - Chapter 13. Ocean Habitats and Their Biota...

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