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Ocean Vocabulary


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Ocean Vocabulary

  1. 1. Ocean Exploration Vocabulary Unit C, Chapter 3
  2. 2. Continental Shelf • The shallow part of the ocean at the edge of the continents
  3. 3. Continental Slope • The edge of the continental shelf that extends steeply downward to the ocean floor.
  4. 4. • The floor of the deep ocean Ocean Basin
  5. 5. Trench • A deep, narrow valley in the ocean floor
  6. 6. Ridge • The highest part of a chain of underwater mountains.
  7. 7. Current • A river like flow water in the ocean.
  8. 8. Tide • The rise and fall of the surface level of the ocean.
  9. 9. Wave • The up-and-down movement of ocean water caused by the wind.
  10. 10. Light Zone • The sunlit waters of the ocean
  11. 11. Dark Zone • The ocean water where sunlight does not reach.
  12. 12. Coral Reef • A platform or ridge of coral at or near the ocean surface.