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epipelagic

[ep-ee-puh-laj-ik] /ˌɛp i pəˈlædʒ ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the stratum of the oceanic zone where enough light is present for photosynthesis to occur.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; epi- + pelagic
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  • Compare that measurement to the depths of the shallowest parts of the ocean, such as the intertidal zone and the epipelagic zone.
  • The epipelagic zone is also known as the photic or euphotic zone, and can exist in lakes as well as the ocean.
  • Also referred to as the sunlight zone or the epipelagic zone.
  • The epipelagic zone extends from the surface downward as far as sunlight penetrates during the day.
British Dictionary definitions for epipelagic

epipelagic

/ˌɛpɪpəˈlædʒɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or inhabiting the upper zone of the ocean from just below the surface to approximately 100 metres deep
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