Open Ocean

Dalton Sweitzer, Luis Martinez, Chase Campbell

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Continental Shelf

A gentle sloping shallow area of the ocean floor that extends outward and forms the edge of the continent.

Neritic Zone

A zone of the ocean that extends from the low tide line out to the edge of the continental shelf.


A process used by plants and other organisms to convert light energy.


A deep steep sided canyon in the ocean floor.

Abyssal Plain

A smooth, nearly flat region of the deep ocean floor.


The total amount of dissolved salts in a water sample.

Sea Life

The open ocean is full of ocean life from plants and Phytoplankton to fish and sharks. It depends on what zone of the ocean you are in, the lower zone contains the weirdest and most awesome animals in my opinion *~*.
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Q. How does your aquatic ecosystem provide nutrients for organisms that live there?

A. There is usually nutrient pollution that gets into the open ocean.

Q. How do the living and non-living in your ecosystem react?

A. Living things like animals and plants interact with the non-living environment, includes soil, climate, and water to cause effects on each other that can be positive. Living things need water and sun. :/ Obviously.

Q. How does ocean pollution impact your ecosystem?

A. This will be answered in the video below.

The Effects of Water Pollution on Marine Life


There are 3 zones, and each zone has a different mix of species, pressures and temperatures. The surface zone (the open ocean) that extends from 0 meters to 200 meters. The surface zone contains the most sunlight and least pressure. The twilight zone extends from 200 meters to 1000 meters, and contains little to no sunlight. Lastly there is the deep ocean that has literally no sunlight and extremely high pressure. It extends from 1000 meters to 4000 meters.


-The Open Ocean contains the largest ecosystem on Earth.

-It's referred to as the marine desert because nutrients are lower here than in the shallow sea.