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Rocky Intertidal Shore Exploration

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Location: Project Oceanology
The rocky shore is a rugged environment, battered by surf and changing seasons, and exposed to dramatic daily swings in temperature, salinity, pH, and other environmental factors. Students will look at patterns of organism abundance along physical gradients. Surveys can focus broadly on diversity, or on specific organisms with a stronger focus on adaptations and form/function.  The following locally abundant organisms are good candidates: asian shore crabs (Hemigrapsus sanguineus), periwinkle snails (Littorina littorea), rockweed (Fucus
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 vesiculosus), knotted wrack (Ascophyllum nodosum), acorn barnacles (Semibalanus balanoides). 

Suggested combinations: Shoreline Water Chemistry. 

Alignment with Next Generation Science Standards

*Additional Resources for Teachers: 

Conduct hands-on activities to explore the rocky intertidal zone.

Rocky Shore Zonation

Rocky Intertidal Animals for Poster

Elementary School Worksheet

Middle School Worksheet

Rocky Intertidal Zone Underwater Video

*These are supplementary activities that can be used before or after Project Oceanology programs, designed to help teachers integrate their Project Oceanology experiences into the curriculum.

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