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Life at the Edge of a Fertile Sea

Wolf H. Berger

in Ocean

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780520247789
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942547 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247789.003.0004
Life at the Edge of a Fertile Sea

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This chapter discusses coastal ecology, focusing on the shores along the coastal waters of southern California. It discusses the abundance and diversity of organisms and communities along the seashore. The chapter also describes how different species adapt to seashore habitats and interact with each other. It then identifies the organisms found in rocky seashores and the physical and biological factors responsible for their zonation. Finally, the chapter assesses the impact of human activities on coastal ecosystems.

Keywords: coastal ecology; seashore; rocky seashores; zonation; coastal ecosystems

Chapter.  18021 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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