Oceans and seas

Epipelagic zone

December 5, 2011, 5:51 am

The epipelagic zone, in oceanography, is the uppermost level of a sea, generally construed to be waters of lesser depth than 200 meters.

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Within this layer of the ocean is there the greatest penetration of sunlight, and hence generally the greatest primary biological productivity.

The epipelagic zone is directly above the mesopelagic zone of the ocean. caption Ocean Zones. Source: NOAA

 

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Baum, S. (2011). Epipelagic zone. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/152650

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