Hadalpelagic Zone

The hadalpelagic zone lies beyond the abyssopelagic zone and extends from 6000 meters (19,686 feet) to the bottom of the deepest parts of the ocean. This area is found in deep water trenches and canyons of the ocean bottom. The deepest point in the ocean is located in the Mariana Trench off the coast of Japan at 10,911 meters (35,797 feet) depending on the tides. The temperature of the water is about the same as the abyssopelagic zone, but the pressure is an unbelievable eight tons per square inch. That is approximately the weight of 48 blue whales squishing you from every direction. In spite of the crazy pressure and temperature, creatures can still live here. Invertebrates, such as starfish and tube worms, can thrive at these depths. Click on the image of tube worms (located to the right) to get more information about tube worms and other deep sea life. Click on the image of deep sea life (located below) to get more information about life in the hadalpelagic zone. As always, please watch all videos and click all links on the websites the images take you to. Tube Worm Image by Google Images
Deep Sea Life

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Ross Middle School