the extreme life Rocky Intertidal Ecosystems--Tidal Pools by Ms. Duffer

When sea waves crash on to rocky shores, tidal pools are formed.

Our EARTH has 372,000 miles of coastline.

TIDAL POOLS ARE FOUND ON ROCKY COASTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

Trapped organisms in tidal pools live in extreme conditions: submerged in high tide or during storms and exposed during low tide.

Adaptations

Organisms must compete for space, oxygen and nutrients.

Animals and plants grow crowded and on top of one another.

Special clinging devices help seastars to not get removed from a tidal pool and tough coverings help them to avoid evaporation.

Periwinkle snails glue themselves to rocks using mucus.

Barnacles attach their heads to rocks.

During high tide, their legs filter food from the surrounding water.

HOW HUMANS EFFECT TIDAL POOLS

As human populations along coastlines increase the population of animals and plants decrease.

Pollution from trash, oil spills, sewage and toxic chemical runoff effect healthy tidepool ecosystems.

All forms of pollution, make there way eventually to the ocean.

What can we do to make tidal pools healthy?

1. We can reduce our water use and the power we need to circulate it.

2. We can also reduce our energy consumption in homes and businesses.

3. Finally, we can drive less using public transport.

resources Used

  1. Entertainment, SeaWorld Parks &. "Intertidal Ecology." MindComet, Inc. - Http://www.mindcomet.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2017.
  2. Benson, Maggy Hunter. "Tide Pools and Adaptations." Ocean Portal | Smithsonian. N.p., 23 Aug. 2016. Web. 17 Jan. 2017.
  3. "Tide Pools." Tide Pools - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2017.

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