compensation depth

compensation depth

[‚käm·pən′sā·shən ‚depth]
(oceanography)
The depth at which the light intensity is just sufficient to bring about a balance between the oxygen produced and that consumed by algae.
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The overall balance of these processes is reflected in the deep ocean's carbonate compensation depth, the CCD," the MARUM scientist continues.
Today, the Pacific carbonate compensation depth is at 4.
All five samples were taken from places under the compensation depth situated around 4200 m in this part of the Pacific Ocean.
One remarkable situation in the case of the sample 1449-1 (Coral Sea) should be underlined: carbonates, absent in all other samples, occur here, indicating that the usual level of the compensation depth lies deeper in this part of the Pacific Ocean than elsewhere.

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