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euphotic zone

[yoo-foh-tik] /yuˈfoʊ tɪk/
noun, Oceanography
1.
the layer of sea water that receives enough sunlight for photosynthesis to occur: it varies greatly with season and latitude, from 0 to 1200 ft. (0–360 m).
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; eu- + photic
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