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Wave-Swept Shore: The Rigors of Life on a Rocky Coast (2006)

by Mimi A. R. Koehl

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This is one of the most enjoyable nature books I’ve come across. I have always been drawn to the vigor and majesty of rocky coastlines, the juxtaposition of the powerful sea and sturdy rock and land formations. Author Mimi Koehl, in often beautiful, lyrical prose and keen attention to cogent explanations in lay terms of often-elusive biological and scientific concepts, has crafted a true masterpiece of nature writing. No less important than the text, however, is the exquisite photography of Anne Wertheim Rosenfeld, which illustrates both the scientific concepts and the plants and sea creatures discussed by the author. Koehl and Rosenfeld masterfully give us a close-up look into the numerous microhabitats and how forces such as wave actions and weather changes affect the various sea life that comprises these complex miniature ecosystems. Adding to the reading pleasure is the rich card stock of the pages. In all, this is an elegant look into a truly fascinating world: an absolutely wonderful achievement. ( )
  ghr4 | May 8, 2016 |
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Take a close look at a wave-battered coast and you will discover a rich, fascinating, and remarkably brutal environment. Here, animals and plants exposed to wind, sun, and rain at low tide must cope with crashing waves as the seas rise to submerge them each day at high tide. How do living things survive in this harsh zone? With 87 stunning color photographs and an engaging text written for those with little or no knowledge of marine biology or physics, this book tells the story of one stretch along the Pacific coast of North America—introducing the mussels, limpets, crabs, grasses, starfish, kelp, and other animals and plants that live there, and explaining how they function and flourish in an environment of waves, sand, and rocks.

In pictures and words, Wave-Swept Shore explains complex phenomena, such as wave action, using simple, intuitive analogies. It explores how the forms of animals and plants affect their survival in this harsh environment, considers their distribution on the shore, and looks at their seasonal variations, focusing on what can be easily observed by visitors to the coast. Revealing the rich variety of habitats woven into what may at first look like a fairly uniform environment, the book, an effective and beautiful tool for learning about the edge of oceans everywhere, opens our eyes to the wonders of rocky shores and introduces a whole new way of looking at the natural world.

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Take a close look at a wave-battered coast and you will discover a rich, fascinating, and remarkably brutal environment. Here, animals and plants exposed to wind, sun, and rain at low tide must cope with crashing waves as the seas rise to submerge them each day at high tide. How do living things survive in this harsh zone? With 87 stunning color photographs and an engaging text written for those with little or no knowledge of marine biology or physics, this book tells the story of one stretch along the Pacific coast of North America-introducing the mussels, limpets, crabs, grasses, starfish, kelp, and other animals and plants that live there, and explaining how they function and flourish in an environment of waves, sand, and rocks.In pictures and words, Wave-Swept Shore explains complex phenomena, such as wave action, using simple, intuitive analogies. It explores how the forms of animals and plants affect their survival in this harsh environment, considers their distribution on the shore, and looks at their seasonal variations, focusing on what can be easily observed by visitors to the coast. Revealing the rich variety of habitats woven into what may at first look like a fairly uniform environment, the book, an effective and beautiful tool for learning about the edge of oceans everywhere, opens our eyes to the wonders of rocky shores and introduces a whole new way of looking at the natural world.… (more)

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