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sea floor

[′sē ‚flȯr]
(geology)
The bottom of the ocean. Also known as seabed; sea bottom.
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Flatfish can be effectively herded by trawl sweeps and with greatly reduced seafloor contact.
These springs on the seafloor spew out water that has been heated to searing temperatures by volcanic activity beneath Earth's surface.
Researchers are excited by the discovery of the Pacific's bare zone because this may be the one place on Earth where they can directly study seafloor materials that are normally hidden by sediment.
For the first time we can predict where food arrives near the seafloor, how it travels along the bottom of the ocean, and where it finally settles into the sediment, Mr Jansen said.
Large blooms of plankton in the gulf add even more material to the seafloor.
Seals do the job for a fraction of the cost of seafloor mapping from ships.
In 2010, Karen Harpp of Colgate University led a multi-institutional expedition off the Galapagos Islands to explore seafloor volcanism.
While the deep water in that area contained only between 8,000 and 90,000 microorganisms per cubic centimeter, the seafloor basalt held, in its pore spaces, between 3 million and 1 billion microbes per gram.