Pelagic Zone - • Light and temperature of water declines...

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1/31/11 Pelagic Zone Open ocean Lower in nutrients than coastal areas Because of the distance from land Experience turnover in temperate areas Phytoplankton thrive in the photic areas of the pelagic These are eaten by zooplankton, which
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1/31/11 Benthos Nutrients reach the benthos in the form of dead bodies that sink to the bottom
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Unformatted text preview: • Light and temperature of water declines rapidly with depth increase • Neritic benthos species are very productive – Fungi, algae, seaweed, and numerous invertebrates live here • Abyssal zone – deep water bottom dwellers live here – Organisms are adapted to extremely cold water (3 C)...
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This note was uploaded on 01/30/2011 for the course BIOL 303 taught by Professor Birchard during the Spring '08 term at George Mason.

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