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|Life in the Upper Layers|
|The Ocean provides a favourable environment for life and the development of plant and animal organisms. All organisms living in the Ocean are divided into three large groups: |
In the Ocean, therefore, a dependency exists between its living things. Food is the primary dependency, followed by the effects of life on Ocean productivity and then our ability to use sea life as a resource. The diverse vegetative and animal life in the Ocean is extremely non-uniform in its distribution. Next to areas with abundant sea life, such as zones of upwelling, there may exist areas that have almost no living matter. These are similar to deserts on land. On the globe there exist 63 classes of animals and 33 classes of plants, a basic part of which live in the oceans (76% of the animals and about 50% of the plants).
- The vegetation (plants) such as seaweed and photosynthesising bacteria, using solar energy, transform biogenic nutrients using a process of photosynthesis. Also in this group are many bacteria that convert mineral substances to organic substances by a process called chemosynthesis.
- The second group, animals, consume plants and other animals.
- The third group feeds on the remains of plants and other animals and also serve as food for many organisms.
|Life at Depth|
|The World Ocean as an environment for vegetable and animal organisms is subdivided as such: pelagic (living in the layers of water from the surface to the bottom) and benthic (living on the bottom of ocean) In the pelagic class, epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathypelagic and abyssopelagic life forms live. Below the 3,000 depth and extending to the deepest parts of the ocean is the abyssopelagic zone. Inhabitants of the abyssopelagic zone are often colourless. The fishes and crabs most often have no eyes but some have special flashing organs used to assist them to find food. For distribution of benthic organisms (living on the Ocean bottom) a number of zones have been allocated. The upper zone - littoral and sub-littoral includes places from the tide line to depths of about 200 m; bathyal includes the range from 200 to 3,000 m; abyssal takes in the zone from 3,000 m and ultra-abyssal takes in the zone from 6,000 m to the floors of the deepest trenches in the Ocean. The littoral and sub-littoral are characterised by the greatest species varieties and abundance of food. Only in this zone does bottom vegetation develop..
|Areas where Organisms Live in the Ocean|
|I. Pelagic 1. Epipelagic 2. Mesopelagic 3. Bathypelagic 4. Abyssopelagic II. Benthic 5. Littoral, Sub-littoral 6. Bathyal 7. Abyssal 8. Ultra-abyssal|
Text and images are from Man and the Ocean, a CD-ROM produced by the Russian Head Department of Navigation and Oceanography (HDNO).
|Description||Dr. John T. Everett is the Project Manager of the UN Atlas. He is also President of Ocean Associates, Inc., a fisheries and oceans consulting firm and distributes ocean and coastal photos (free for personal use) through OceansArt.US. He writes about inventions and the history of technology and provides photos and information (free for personal use) through TechnologySite.org. Dr. Everett is a professional photographer for Marine Photobank.|
Dr. Everett comes from a fishing family and worked 31 years in 13 positions in the US Federal Government as a researcher and manager. He provides consulting services on oceans and fisheries policy and sustainability, global climate change and impacts at the global and local level on fisheries and on oceans, including adaptation strategies. His Federal positions included: Senate Commerce Committee staff, Staff to NOAA Administrator, NMFS Dir. of Policy and Planning, Manager of Dolphin/Tuna research, and Chief of Fisheries Development. He has chaired or co-chaired several impact analyses (Fisheries, Polar Regions, Oceans, and Coastal Zones) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Until recently he was Chief of the NOAA/NMFS Division of Research in Silver Spring, MD. Prior to NOAA, he coordinated launches in the Apollo Program at Cape Kennedy and was a commercial fisherman in Massachusetts, USA.
He also manages Climate Change Facts, a website designed to provide information from both consensus scientists and those among the climate change skeptics.
|Keywords|| PROJECT MANAGER; OCEAN ASSOCIATES INC.; ASSOC.; WWW OCEANSART US; CLIMATE CHANGE FACTS|
|Geography Keywords|| USA; ROME|
|Organization|| FAO, NOAA Point of Contact , and President of Ocean Associates, Inc., and Owner of OceansArt.US|
|Position||UN Atlas Project Manager and President of Ocean Associates, Inc. and Owner OceansArt.US|
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