02.04 Exploring Rocky Shores
1. What are rocky shores?
Rocky shores are where the land meets the sea.
2. How are organisms on a rocky shore distributed?
Organisms on a Rocky Shores are split up between horizontal zones depending on how much exposure to the environment the organism can endure. 3. What three types of bedrock are typically found in a rocky shore ecosystem? The three types of bedrocks typically found in a rock shore ecosystem are rocky shore, sandy shore, and salt marsh. 4. What are the different zones of the rocky shore?
(There are three main ones—sometimes a fourth upper zone is called the splash zone. The zones starting from the shoreline can also go by other names: upper = splash; middle = littoral; lower = sub littoral) Animal’s tolerance to the environment around them both in the water as well as out of it determine which animal will be found in which zone. Also the tide range and time of exposure out of the water. 5. What plants are found in each zone? Be specific on listing them •Splash-Grass
•Lower-Irish Moss, algae
6. What is the name of a plant-like species found in rocky shores? The plant like species found in the rocky shore is called algae. 7. In which zone of the rocky shore would you most likely find only grasses and patches of lichens? You most likely find only grasses and patches of lichens in the splash zone. 8. What animals may be found in each zone?—be specific on listing them •Upper- Rough Periwinkle
•Middle- Smooth Periwinkles, Purple Starfish, Crustaceans, Blue Mussels, Dog Whelks, and Green Sea Urchins •Lower-limpets, brittle starfish green sea urchins, , sponges, scale worms, hydroids, horse mussels, tube worms, , sea anemones, sea slugs, and rock crabs. 9. What type of animal uses the rocky shore for their 'feeding' grounds? Deer is an animal that uses the rocky shore for their 'feeding' grounds, specifically the White Tailed Deer. 10. What factors shape...
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