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Marine Oceanic Hadalpelagic Layer (Water Column Layer)

Component: Layer

Unique Identifier: 626

Water Column Layer Marine Oceanic Hadalpelagic Layer

Definition The deepest waters of the globe occur in trenches and deep basins generally at depths greater than 6,000 meters. There is a high degree of tectonic and thermal activity in these areas. Waters in this layer have unique characteristics of immense pressure, strong currents, accumulation of sediments and organic material; macrofauna that occur at these extreme depths have special feeding strategies and adaptations to intense pressure and total darkness.