Last year I went to Quebec and met some researchers from Croatia (another place I have visited to see the underwater life). They were looking at characterization of sea-surface microlayers by monolayer techniques. 'Sea surface microlayers I asked?' I had never heard of such things. 'The Sea surface (SML) is the top 1000 micrometers (or 1 millimeter) of the ocean surface. So unlike Captain Nemo's Nautilus you do not have to go so far down into the ocean to explore this. The Croatian researcher went onto explain that this boundary layer is where all the exchange occurs between the atmosphere and the ocean. In relation to the book Captain Nemo exclaims 'that the ocean is a living organism with arteries ect.' so this boundary might be seen as the lungs for the ocean. Interestingly enough it is only at this surface that it occurs and the the chemical, physical, and biological properties of the SML differ greatly from the sub-surface water just a few centimeters beneath. In the novel the ocean strata is quite complex and going down from 1mm, 1cm to one meter may change greatly in temperature, salt and other chemical compositions.
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