Between the Tides in California: Exploring Beaches and Tidepools (Paperback)

Between the Tides in California: Exploring Beaches and Tidepools By Ryan P. Kelly, Terrie Klinger, Patrick J. Krug Cover Image

Between the Tides in California: Exploring Beaches and Tidepools (Paperback)

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A fascinating guide to the secret worlds of the intertidal zone

The vast and diverse California coast is an awe-inspiring place of exploration and discovery, full of life forms that are shockingly unfamiliar. Intertidal fish that can breathe in air, worms that build entire reefs, and seaweeds that can be mistaken for tar spots--these are as common as the more familiar barnacles that eat with their feet. Unicorn snails lie still on the rocks as they drill into the shells of their prey, while purple urchins nestle into sides of rock walls and keyhole limpets fend off sea stars. Surfgrass covers tidepools and protects sensitive species from sun and heat while welcoming animals like spiny lobsters and kelpfish to cruise atop its tangled blades.

In this guidebook, scientific experts describe how land and water shape specific ecosystems of the intertidal zone. Richly illustrated and accessibly written, Between the Tides in California transforms readers into nearshore detectives, with each species offering unique clues about the environment around them.

Features include:

- Profiles of sites to visit ranging from remote seashores on the northern coast to the popular beaches of Southern California

- The fascinating stories behind both common and less familiar animal and plant species

- A lively introduction to how coastal ecosystems work and why no two beaches are ever alike

Ryan P. Kelly is professor of marine and environmental affairs at the University of Washington. Terrie Klinger is professor of marine and environmental affairs and co-director of the Washington Ocean Acidification Center at the University of Washington. Patrick J. Krug is professor of biological sciences at California State University, Los Angeles. John J. Meyer is senior director of marketing and communications in the College of the Environment at the University of Washington. Kelly, Klinger, and Meyer are coauthors of Between the Tides in Washington and Oregon: Exploring Beaches and Tidepools.
Product Details ISBN: 9780295752372
ISBN-10: 0295752378
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication Date: March 19th, 2024
Pages: 328
Language: English