An ecologist is interested in researching how coral reefs develop over time. Which zone of the ocean should the ecologist start his research?A) in the benthic level of the neritic zone because the...

An ecologist is interested in researching how coral reefs develop over time. Which zone of the ocean should the ecologist start his research?

A) in the benthic level of the neritic zone because the oldest coral will be located in that region

B) in the aphotic level of the neritic zone because the oldest coral will be located in that region

C) in the photic level of the neritic zone because the newest coral will be located in that region

D) in the benthic level of the neritic zone because the newest coral will be located in that region

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D) In the benthic level of the neritic zone because the newest coral will be located in that region

Since the ecologist is interested about the development of coral reefs, he/she must find first the newest one (youngest one).

The neritic zone of the ocean is one of the region of the pelagic zone.  It lies above the relatively shallow part of the sea floor or simply, the continental shelf. Most commercial fishing takes place in this zone.

The photic and the aphotic level belongs to the oceanic zone which is the open ocean zone.

On the other hand, the benthic level is the ecological region of ocean water. It includes the entire sea bed rising along the mid ocean ridges down the deep ocean trenches.   This is also the areas of coral reefs.

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