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A.Word.A.Day--benthos

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benthos (BEN-thos) noun

1. The collection of organisms living on or in sea or lake bottoms.

2. The bottom of a sea or a lake.

[Greek.]

"The `Exploration' section begins with efforts simply to locate the ocean floor, including the British Royal Navy's successfully using a weighted line to sound the benthos between Norway and Iceland at 4,098 feet ..." Daniel Duane, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; Deep Atlantic (book review) Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan 1997.

More than 70% of the surface of the earth is covered with water. Do you have enough words to describe it? This week we'll dive deep and explore words about oceans and seas. -Anu

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The reality of the other person is not in what he reveals to you, but in what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says but rather what he does not say. -Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) [Sand and Foam]


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