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Ocean Vocabulary Quiz


Directions: Match the vocabulary words on the left with the definitions on the right.

1. mammal A small, shallow body of water that is separated from the sea by coral reefs.
2. atoll A sedentary substance made up of marine life exoskeletons, often creating large reefs.
3. sediment A small water craft or boat used for exploring.
4. abyss The method in which green plants and other organisms use sunlight to process nourishment from water and carbon dioxide.
5. photosynthesis A warm-blooded vertebrate that has hair and mammary glands.
6. estuary solid material that settles to the bottom of a liquid.
7. submersible any of a large group of segmented invertebrates, such as shrimp and crabs, that usu. live in water and have hard shells.
8. crustacean An area where water passes through and a river current meets the tide.
9. tide A deep space that is not measurable, such as a gulf.
10. plankton Organisms that occur in an area of water usually made up of small amounts of algae and protozoa.
11. coral A specific are that is shaped in a ring, such as a reef or an island.
12. lagoon The rise and fall of the waters of the ocean that is a direct result of the connection between the moon and sun.

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