Abyssopelagic Zone

The abyssopelagic zone is also known as the abyssal zone, or the abyss, and ranges from 4000 meters (13,124 feet) to 6000 meters (19,686 feet). They get the name from a Greek word meaning no bottom. The water temperature is so cold that it is near freezing, and there is no light at all. Very few creatures can be found in these freezing, no light, and bone crushing depths. Most of these creatures are invertebrates, animals without a backbone, such as basket stars and tiny squids. This zone has about three fourths of the ocean floor in it. Click on the image of a basket star (located to the right) to learn more about the abyssopelagic zone. Please watch the video and click on the links on the website the basket star takes you to. Also, click on the sea spider below to view a photo gallery of some of the creatures that live in all of the zones. Basket Star

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Sea Spider

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© 2008, John Uriarte
Ross Middle School