Welcome to the homepage of the Marine Biome!

This page was created by Stephanie S., Brad H., and Gian F.!


A FEW QUICK FACTS: THE MARINE BIOME IS THE LARGEST BIOME IN THE WORLD, COVERING ABOUT 70% OF THE WHOLE EARTH.
THE MARINE BIOME CONTAINS ALL OF THE SALTWATER OCEANS IN THE WORLD. AN INTERESTING FACT THAT WE HAVE LEARNED IS THAT THERE IS ABOUT ONE CUP OF SALT IN EVERY GALLON OF WATER FROM SALTWATER OCEANS!


CLIMATE:


Since oceans do not have a real "climate," here are a few things that change and determine the different temperature. The deeper you go in the ocean, the colder it will get, because less sunlight reaches the dark depths of the ocean floor. The latitude of a place in the marine biome also determines how cold the initial temperature of the water is (based on direct sunlight), making the oceans in the far north and south have animals who can stand the cold temperatures. Ocean currents also affect the organisms that live in an area. Warm currents and warmer water can determine what kind of organisms can live there. Overall, a single place in the marine biome remains at one mostly constant climate and temperature all year-round! There is basically only one real "season" in the marine biome.

COMMUNITIES:


Community: The marine community contains a large variety of organisms. There are cyanobacteria, diatoms, and plankton, to name a few. There are even 1500 species of different underwater fungi! To mention a few examples, there are three types of marine fungi we found: Lulwothia halima, Phoma marina, and Lindra crassa. This biome also has some smaller members of the community. The monerans are split into cyanobacteria and bacteria. These smaller beings are the producers and initiators of most, if not all, food chains, with the cyanobacteria performing the important task of photosynthesis. The protists are the next level of small ocean dwellers. Some of the protists of the oceans are algae and zooplankton, as well as others. You can find beds of plants growing in the sandy bottoms of the sea. Some of these plants are sea cabbages, kelp, and the small phytoplankton. Animals also make homes in the undersea "meadows" of eelgrass. The animals in the oceans are as unique and as plentiful as people. From the large whales to the strange dragonfish of the deep, you can find many animals in the ocean. Some of the animal life to be found in this wet world are sponges, electric eels, jellyfish, sea stars, sharks, otters, killer whales, (as pictured on the factual page) and many more. To explore even more information on the exquisite various wildlife, please take a moment to view our facts page by clicking here or on the link below.



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Dawn Ripwave





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