Demersal zone

The demersal zone is the part of the sea or ocean (or deep lake) consisting of the part of the water column near to (and significantly affected by) the seabed and the benthos.[1] The demersal zone is just above the benthic zone and forms a layer of the larger profundal zone.[citation needed]

Being just above the ocean floor, the demersal zone is variable in depth and can be part of the photic zone where light can penetrate, and photosynthetic organisms grow, or the aphotic zone, which begins between depths of roughly 200 and 1,000 m (700 and 3,300 ft) and extends to the ocean depths, where no light penetrates.[1]

  1. ^ a b Merrett, Nigel R.; Haedrich, Richard L. (1997). Deep-Sea Demersal Fish and Fisheries. Springer. p. 296. ISBN 0412394103.

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