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Neustonic Layer (Biogeochemical Feature)

Component: Biogeochemical Feature

Unique Identifier: 1342

Biogeochemical Feature Neustonic Layer

Definition Layer of biota that lives at the surface of the water. These organisms are either positively buoyant, maintain position by taking advantage of surface tension, or live on other biotic or abiotic material. Epineuston floats atop the water, hyponeuston lives just under the surface.