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WES Oceans

a major body of salt water ocean
the study of the oceans, and how they affect the land and weather oceanography
the amount of Earth's water found in the oceans Ninety seven percent
the amount of Earths surface covered by water Three fourths
water containing only a tiny amount of salt fresh water
water containing many dissolved salts; the most abundant type of water found on Earth salt water
One of the largest estuaries in the United States located off the coast of Virginia Chesapeake Bay
describes a mixture of salt and fresh water brackish
a partly enclosed coastal body of water where salt and fresh water meet. They are called the "nurseries of the sea" estuary
a low-lying area of land regularly flooded by salt water at high tide salt marsh
the high point on a wave crest
the regular rise and fall of ocean water caused by the gravitational puil of the moon and sun tide
the low point on a wave trough
a wave, produced by an earthquake on or near the ocean floor, which builds up to great heights as it moves into shallow water tsunami
a disturbance, often caused by wind, seen on the surface of water wave
the river-like movement of water in the ocean current
a warm water current that travels by the east coast of the U.S. and crosses the Atlantic moving towards Europe Gulf stream current
the saltiness of water salinity
a small submarine used by scientists to study the deep Submersible
a living thing that gives off light bioluminescent
tiny algae and animals that float in water and are carried by waves and currents plankton
the flat, shallow part of the ocean floor near the coast. continental shelf
What increases as you dive deeper into the ocean Water pressure
What decreases as you dive deeper into the ocean temperature, light, life
the deepest part of the ocean trench
the steep drop-off from the continental shelf to the deep part of the ocean continental slope
What are the plant-like plankton called: phytoplankton
What are the animal-like plankton called: Zooplankton
Created by: PRO Teacher lit123