Any aspect of the physical environment that affects living organisms is called a “physical factor.” organisms are greatly affected by various physical factors such as temperature, , dissolved oxygen, depth, and several others. In the open and coastal ocean, temperature can be a strong determinate of animal distribution. This web-based activity uses ocean temperatures to determine the distribution of marine organisms. In this exercise, you will investigate the influence of ocean temperature on marine organism distribution.
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|Organism Name||Optimal Temperature (°C)||Potential Location|
|Florida (spiny) Lobster||22-26||______________________|
Rate of ocean temperature change:____________________
If this rate of change remains the same, predict the change in temperature in the next 50 years and 100 years.
Temperature change in 50 years:______________________
Temperature change in 100 years:_____________________
Answer the following questions: