Word Power Quiz: How Well Do You Know These Ocean Terms?
Any leaks in your vocabulary? Set sail with this quiz of ocean words and find out.
Ocean Words Quiz
Ocean word #1: Aphotic
A: Without buoyancy
B: Relating to an ocean zone lacking light for photosynthesis
C: Dispersed throughout shallow waters
Answer: B—Relating to an ocean zone lacking light for photosynthesis
As in, “Once at sea, Rupa gazed down and dreamed of exploring the aphotic darkness below.”
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Ocean word #2: Seagirt
A: Surrounded by the sea
B: In flight above the ocean
C: Powered by tidal energy
Answer: A—Surrounded by the sea
As in, “Despite its historic connections with Europe, England was always a seagirt nation, set apart from the continent.”
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Answer: A—Ring-shaped coral region
As in, “Far from desolate, the remote atoll was lush with tropical plant life.”
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Ocean word #4: Tsunami
A: Flightless seabird
B: Tidal wave
C: Area of warm tropical water
Answer: B—Tidal wave
As in, “Abigail’s dive shop was obliterated by the tsunami.”
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Ocean word #5: Breaker
A: Severe ocean storm
C: Wave crashing into foam at the shore
Answer: C—Wave crashing into foam at the shore
As in, “While the adults relaxed on the beach, the kids frolicked in the breakers.”
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Answer: A—Shore area covered and uncovered by the tide
As in, “Antoine searched the foreshore for hermit crabs.”
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Ocean word #7: Benthic
A: Relating to extreme water turbulence
B: Free of living organisms
C: Occurring in ocean depths
Answer: C—Occurring in ocean depths
As in, “Many benthic organisms are seldom seen by humans.”
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Ocean word #8: Floe
A: Zone of nutrient-rich water
B: Strong current
C: Sheet of ice floating on the sea
Answer: C—Sheet of ice floating on the sea
As in, “Gabriel carefully guided his vessel past the large floe on the starboard side.”
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Answer: A—Rise and fall with the waves
As in, “Niamh watched the raft welter in the choppy seas.”
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Ocean word #10: Reef
A: Ridge near the surface of the water
B: Crude wooden watercraft
C: Strong current hazardous to swimmers
Answer: A—Ridge near the surface of the water
As in, “Fred’s boat was just one of many that were wrecked on the reef.”
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Answer: C—Animals that move freely in the ocean
As in, “Ocean animal life can be broadly divided into plankton, the drifters, and nekton, the swimmers.”
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Ocean word #13: Flotsam
A: Shipwreck debris on the ocean surface
B: Narrow sandbars formed by ebb tide
C: Large waves caused by earth tremors
Answer: A—Shipwreck debris on the ocean surface
As in, “Malene walked along the shore collecting flotsam left by the tide.”
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Ocean word #14: Whelm
B: Raise from seabed
C: Make seaworthy
As in, “The enormous waves threatened to whelm Dyson’s lifeboat.”
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Answer: A—Edge of a tide that pushes up a river
As in, “A group gathered to watch the tidal bore race upriver against the current.”
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