Planet Earth

That Word You Heard: Benthic

The low point of any sea.

By Lacy SchleyOct 1, 2018 5:00 AM
Benthic.jpg
Chad Edwards

Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news
 

Benthic

Under the sea, all the way at the bottom, is what marine researchers refer to as the benthic zone. It’s the lowest layer of the ocean — of any body of water, really — including any sediment. It’s home to many bottom-dwelling critters, like sponges and sea worms, that experts call benthos. The region is not always as deep down as you’d think, either. In oceans, the benthic zone starts at the shoreline and follows the continental slope to the deepest depths.

1 free article left
Want More? Get unlimited access for as low as $1.99/month

Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

1 free articleSubscribe
Discover Magazine Logo
Want more?

Keep reading for as low as $1.99!

Subscribe

Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

More From Discover
Recommendations From Our Store
Shop Now
Stay Curious
Join
Our List

Sign up for our weekly science updates.

 
Subscribe
To The Magazine

Save up to 70% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine.

Copyright © 2023 Kalmbach Media Co.