Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Word of the Day: benthos

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benthos [BEN-thoss] noun (TWITO, page 20)

The biogeographic region that includes the bottom of the ocean, lake, or sea, and littoral or supralittoral shore zones

(The littoral zone is the part of a body of water that is close to the shore.)

"Everywhere on the foreshore except in the most desolate of localities the benthos provides a living, scanty though it may be, for inshore fisherman."
--James Johnstone, Conditions of Life in the Sea (1908)

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