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(NRP-158) Rocky shore ecology

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Rocky shore ecology
Gill Malin (UEA)

Rocky shores harbour a fascinating diversity of highly productive seaweeds, animals and microbes. This image shows 2nd year undergraduates from the University of East Anglia on the Norwich Research Park assessing biomass and biodiversity on a rocky shore in County Kerry, Ireland. Life evolved in the ocean, and seaweeds are much older - and distinct from - land plants. The organisms of the intertidal zone are highly adapted to withstand the dramatic changes in water availability, temperature and salinity that occur with the changing tides. Seashores worldwide are also under intense pressure from human activities including aquaculture, landscape development, tourism and pollution

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