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14.3: Natural Factors Influencing Marine Life-

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    Physical factors:

    a) Temperature (very significant!)
    b) Salinity (also very significant!)
    c) Tides, Waves, Currents (generally relates to the release of energy in the environment)
    d) Water Transparency
    e) Nutrients
    f) pH (acidity and alkalinity)
    g) Pressure (depth)
    h) Dissolved Gases
    i) Environmental Stability

    Biological factors:

    i) Competition for mates, food, and space
    j) Predators
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