According to Encyclopedia Britannica, the pelagic zone, or open ocean, includes animals classified as either zooplankton or nekton. Zooplankton are small organisms that drift in the ocean currents and make up an enormous... More »

A climate zone is a classification of the type of weather that is experienced in a specific geographic region of the world. Climate zones are differentiated based on average temperatures and the amount of precipitation t... More »

A desert climate zone is a geographic area with extreme heat and dryness during the daytime and cooler overnight temperatures. Deserts commonly feature sandy terrain. Ten inches of rain annually is the maximum received b... More »

Most familiar forms of sea life occupy the neritic zone, including crabs, shrimp and zooplankton, and the animals that feed upon them, such as coral, sponges and baleen whales. The neritic zone is the relatively shallow ... More »

The term “hot zone” generally refers to any dangerous location. Entering such a location often requires protective clothing, elevated security clearances and highly specialized training. In medical usage, the term refers... More »

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The ocean is important to life on Earth because of the role it plays in both the hydrologic cycle and the carbon cycle. The hydrologic cycle, also known as the water cycle or H2O cycle, refers to the relationship that ex... More »

It is not possible to give a single number to represent the average temperature of the Atlantic Ocean in its entirety, given the vast area, multiple climactic regions and varying depths that the ocean covers. There are, ... More »