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Sandy Beaches and Reef Disturbance *

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When you go to the beach, you may not know if the beach is natural or man-made. The popularity of sandy beaches prompted developers in the past to bring in sand to cover rocky shorelines and turn them into more popular sandy beaches. However, the actions of the tides, currents and waves carried the extra sand out into the reef, endangering the reef and the creatures living on it. You can use a water table to conduct experiments with sand movements and reefs. How is sand moved by water? How does sand affect organisms that are used to a rocky intertidal habitat? Does the addition of sand displace any organisms in the rocky intertidal zone? (Monterey Bay Aquarium, 2006)

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Last edit date: 2013-01-10

Bibliography

Monterey Bay Aquarium, 2006. "Seafood Watch: Make Choices for Healthy Oceans," Monterey, CA. [accessed: 3/1/2006] http://www.mbayaq.org/cr/seafoodwatch.asp.

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