neritic

[nuh-rit-ik]
adjective
of or pertaining to the region of water lying directly above the sublittoral zone of the sea bottom.
Compare oceanic, pelagic.


Origin:
< German neritisch (1890), apparently after Greek Nērēís Nereid or Nēreús Nereus, though derivation is unclear; see -ic

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neritic (nɛˈrɪtɪk)
 
adj
of or formed in the region of shallow seas near a coastline
 
[C20: perhaps from Latin nērīta sea mussel, from Greek nērítēs, from Nereus]

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neritic   (nə-rĭt'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
Relating to the ocean waters over the sublittoral region of the ocean floor, ranging in depth between the low tide mark to about 200 m (656 ft). See more at epipelagic zone.
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Neritic zones typically contain muddy or sandy bottoms where prey can be found.
The immediate causes of modification of the neritic system, lagoons and estuaries are increased chemical pollution and oil spills.
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