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Ocean Vocabulary List & Definitions

 

estuary

An area where water passes through and a river current meets the tide.
abyss A deep space that is not measurable, such as a gulf.
lagoon A small, shallow body of water that is separated from the sea by coral reefs.
mammal A warm-blooded vertebrate that has hair and mammary glands.
atoll A specific are that is shaped in a ring, such as a reef or an island.
photosynthesis The method in which green plants and other organisms use sunlight to process nourishment from water and carbon dioxide.
plankton Organisms that occur in an area of water usually made up of small amounts of algae and protozoa.
submersible A small water craft or boat used for exploring.
tide The rise and fall of the waters of the ocean that is a direct result of the connection between the moon and sun.
coral A sedentary substance made up of marine life exoskeletons, often creating large reefs.
crustacean Arthropods found in water that often have a hard shell or crust that covers its body such as a lobster or crab.

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