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sp02u1vocab - Unit One CINMS Channel Islands Vocabulary...

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Unit One CINMS ©Project Oceanography Spring 2002 40 Channel Islands Vocabulary Adaptation -characteristic that allows an organism to live in its environment Algae -aquatic, photosynthetic organisms ranging from single-celled forms to the giant kelp Algin -a gelatinous substance found in kelp and used as a thickener and emulsifier Benthic -of or pertaining to the bottom; another word for bottom-benthos Biodiverse- containing many different types of organisms Blade -the part of a kelp where photosynthesis takes place Byssal Threads -fibrous filaments secreted by some mussels to help them attach to the substrate California Current -southward flowing cool surface water along the West Coast of the United States Canopy -the top layer of the forest; in the ocean refers to the top layer of the kelp forest Cetacean -any of a group of aquatic, chiefly marine mammals that includes the whales, dolphins, and porpoises Chitin -a tough, protective substance found in the shells and exoskeletons of arthropods Chlorophyll -pigment required for photosynthesis found in all algae Cirrus -a slender, flexible appendage such as a tentacle Clone -a population of individuals that are genetically identical Colony -a breeding place for animals
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