euphotic

[yoo-foh-tik]
adjective
noting or pertaining to the layer or zone of sea water that receives enough sunlight for photosynthesis to occur, varying greatly with season and latitude, from 0 to 1200 feet (0–360 meters).
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euphotic (juːˈfəʊtɪk, -ˈfɒt-)
 
adj
ecology denoting or relating to the uppermost part of a sea or lake down to about 100 metres depth, which receives enough light to enable photosynthesis to take place
 
[C20: from eu- + photic]

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euphotic   (y-fŏt'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
See photic.
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Of particular interest was a dramatic bloom following the injection of nitrate into the euphotic zone.
Determine the depth of the euphotic zone using a submersible photometer.
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