Aquatic


Aquatic

The term aquatic refers to "things" that are in or of the water but not to water itself, and can refer to the following:

* Plants and/or animals living in oceans, estuaries, lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, and ponds (aquatic environments).
* Water, as in rivers, lakes, oceans, groundwater, is NOT aquatic. Surface water bodies like rivers, lakes, etc. and groundwater are better referred to as Water Resources.
* Shorthand for an aquatic plant.
* Aquatic ecology (limnology), a discipline that uses the principles and methods of ecology to study natural organisms that live in water, and thus make up Aquatic ecosystems.
* Aquatic ecosystem, an ecosystem located in a body of water.
* Aquatics, another name for watersports.

ee also

* Marine biology
* Freshwater biology
* Aquatic animal
* Limnology – study of inland waters
* Oceanography – study of marine environments


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Synonyms:
, (as water vegetation)


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