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1 The Hydrosphere

2 Objectives Name the three major processes in the water cycle.
Describe the properties of ocean water. Describe the two types of ocean currents. Explain how the ocean regulates Earth’s temperature. Discuss the factors that confine life to the biosphere. Explain the difference between open and closed systems.

3 The Hydrosphere The hydrosphere includes all of the water on or near the Earth’s surface. This includes water in the oceans lakes rivers wetlands polar ice caps soil rock layers beneath the Earth clouds

4 The Water Cycle The water cycle: is the
continuous movement of water from the ocean to atmosphere to land back to ocean. Evaporation: change of a substance from liquid to gas. Water continually evaporates from the Earth’s oceans, lakes, streams, and soil, but the majority evaporates from the oceans.

5 The Water Cycle Condensation is the change of state from a gas to a liquid. Water vapor forms water droplets Droplets form clouds Clouds create heavier drops that fall as Precipitation Precipitation is any form of water that falls to the Earth from the clouds including Rain Snow Sleet Hail

6 The Water Cycle

7 Earth’s Oceans All of the oceans are joined together called:
world ocean. Oceans regulate the planet’s environment.

8 Earth’s Oceans The largest ocean is the Pacific Ocean
surface area of about 165,640,000 km2. The deepest point is Challenger Deep. It is 11,033m (6.85miles) below sea level deeper than Mount Everest is tall.

9 Earth’s Oceans Largest Ocean: Pacific Ocean
divided into two parts North Pacific and South Pacific based on the direction of the surface currents. North Pacific: currents move clockwise South Pacific: currents move counter- clockwise

10 Pacific Ocean Currents

11 Earth’s Oceans 2nd largest ocean: Atlantic Ocean
about 1/2 the size of Pacific Ocean Covers 81,630,000 km2. Can be divided into a north and south based on the directions of surface currents.

12 Earth’s Oceans 3rd largest ocean: The Indian Ocean
covers73,420,000 km2. The smallest ocean: Artic ocean covers 14,350,000 km2. much of its surface is covered by floating ice Summer in the Arctic

13 Ocean Water What makes ocean and fresh water different?
SALT Salinity is a measure of the amount of dissolved salts in water. lower in places: that get a lot of rain where fresh water flows in to the sea. higher where water evaporates rapidly leaving salts behind.

14 Ocean Water Most of the salt in the ocean is sodium chloride (NaCl a.k.a. table salt) although many other elements can be found in the ocean as well.

15 Temperature Zones Surface: warmed by the sun
stirred up by waves and currents so the warm surface zone may be 350 m deep. Thermocline: Below the surface zone about 300 to 700 m temperature falls rapidly. depths of the ocean no sunlight = very cold, just above freezing.

16 Temperature Zones

17 Ocean Layers

18 Ocean Layers (From Surface to Floor)
Epipelagic Zone Mesopelagic Zone Bathypelagic Zone Abyssopelagic Zone Hadalpelagic Zone Benthic Zone

19 Ocean Zones Epipelagic Zone: Full of life (a.k.a.) Euphotic Zone.
Surface – 650 ft Upper ocean zone. Full of life enough sunlight to sustain photosynthesis. (a.k.a.) Euphotic Zone.

20 Ocean Zones Mesopelagic Zone: (a.k.a.) Disphotic Zone. 650 ft – 3300ft
not enough sunlight to sustain photosynthesis. (a.k.a.) Disphotic Zone.

21 Ocean Zones 3300 ft- 13000ft Bathypelagic Zone:
lowest level on the continental shelf. No sunlight. Aphotic Zone: No Sunlight Plants cannot grow. No primary productivity. All the food in this zone comes from dead material sinking from the higher layers.

22 Ocean Zones Abyssopelagic Zone: Extreme pressure. Does Support life.
13000ft- ~20000ft Largest layer of the ocean. It is completely dark, and the Low oxygen concentration Extreme pressure. No sunlight. Aphotic Zone: No Sunlight Plants cannot grow. No primary productivity. Does Support life. Organisms feed off of dead and fecal materials that sink to the sea floor.

23 Ocean Zones 20000ft and Lower Hadalpelagic Zone:
Deep ocean trenches such as the Mariana Trench and others. Shares same characteristics as the Abyssal Zone except even deeper. No sunlight. Aphotic Zone: No Sunlight Plants cannot grow.

24 Ocean Zones Benthic Zone: This is the ocean floor.
Mudlike sediments form bodies of dead organisms Fecal pellets of aquatic organisms also accumulate here. Sediment of dead organisms and fecal matter can be a mile thick. Aphotic Zone: No Sunlight Extreme pressure

25 Light

26 A Global Temperature Regulator
Important functions: Absorb and store energy from sunlight This regulates temperatures in Earth’s atmosphere. Because the ocean both absorbs and releases heat slower than land, the temperature of the atmosphere changes more slowly. If oceans did not regulate temperatures, temperatures would be too extreme for life to exist on Earth.

27 A Global Temperature Regulator
Local temperatures are regulated by the world ocean. Currents circulate warm water causing land areas they flow past to have more moderate climates. For example, the British Isles are warmed by the waters of the Gulf Stream.

28 Ocean Currents surface currents: Streamlike movements of water that occur at or near the surface. wind driven and result from global wind patterns. Surface currents: can be warm or cold They do not readily mix with one another.

29 Ocean Currents

30 Ocean Currents Deep currents
movements of water that flow very slowly along the ocean floor. Deep currents form when the cold, dense water from the poles sinks below warmer, less dense ocean water and flows toward the equator. The densest and coldest ocean water is located off the coast of Antarctica producing a deep current called the Antarctic Bottom Water.

31 Fresh Water and River Systems
Most fresh water is locked up in icecaps and glaciers The rest is found in lakes rivers wetlands soil and atmosphere A river system: network of streams that drains an area of land including the main river, smaller streams or rivers that flow into larger ones.

32 Ground water Precipitation sinks into the ground and run off the land.
Most of this water trickles down through the ground and collects as groundwater. Groundwater fulfills the need for fresh drinking water, and supplies agricultural and industrial need. Makes up 1% of all the water on Earth,

33 Aquifers A rock layer that stores and allows the flow of groundwater is called an aquifer.

34 The Biosphere The biosphere is the part of Earth where life exists,
11 km into the ocean 9 km into the atmosphere. The materials that organisms require must be continually recycled. Biosphere: only area with Suitable conditions for life due to abundant sunlight.

35 The Biosphere Plants need sunlight to produce food
almost every other organism gets its food from plants and algae. Most of the algae float at the surface, known as phytoplankton.

36 Energy Flow in the Biosphere
When an organism dies, its body is broken down and the nutrients become available for use by other organisms. This flow of energy allows life on Earth to continue to exist.

37 Energy Flow in the Biosphere
Closed systems are systems that cannot exchange matter or energy with its surroundings. Open systems are systems that can exchange both matter and energy with its surroundings. Earth is a closed system with respect to matter Earth is a open system for energy energy travel Sun Plant animal

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