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Oceans

TermDefinition
salinity amount of salt dissolved in water
wave transfer of energy through matter
crest top of a wave
trough bottom of a wave
wavelength distance between waves
wave height crest to trough
wave frequency number of waves passing a point per unit of time
currents body of water moving in a definite direction
cold water currents cold water sinks and moves toward equator
warm water currents warm water floats toward poles
tides rising and falling of the ocean
spring tide stronger tide occurring during new or full moon
neap tide weaker tide occurring during first or third quarter moon
continental shelf edge of continent, ocean water is very shallow here
continental slope between shelf and ocean floor
abyssal plain flat area of ocean floor
mid-ocean ridge underwater mountain range formed from diverging plates
seamount submarine mountain
guyot seamount with a flat top
trench deepest areas of ocean floor formed from converging plates
estuary tidal mouth of a large river
groin long narrow pile of rocks used to prevent beach erosion
Created by: dfwingfield