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Definition of the noun Intertidal zone

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  1. See foreshore.


The intertidal zone, also known as the foreshore and seashore and sometimes referred to as the littoral zone, is the area that is above water at low tide and under water at high tide. This area can include many different types of habitats, with many types of animals, such as starfish, sea urchins, and numerous species of coral. The well-known area also includes steep rocky cliffs, sandy beaches, or wetlands. The area can be a narrow strip, as in Pacific islands that have only a narrow tidal range, or can include many meters of shoreline where shallow beach slopes interact with high tidal excursion.

  • also known as Zona pasang surut, 潮間帶

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Google previewThe Tide: The Science and Stories Behind the Greatest Force on Earth (2016)

by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

The intertidal zone is a unique habitat, a concentrated band of transition between the ecological communities of the sea and the land. It is an environment of high rewards in terms of food—Strabo long ago observed how the mussels on the ...

Google previewMeasurements from Maps (2016)

Principles and Methods of Cartometry by D H Maling

On a steep cliff, lapped by deep water, the intertidal zone is a vertical feature recognisable by the changes in flora ...

Google previewNearshore Marine Resources of the South Pacific (1993)

Information for Fisheries Development and Management by Andrew Wright, Lance Hill

The intertidal zone is a special area which is often ...

Google previewSandstone Depositional Environments (1982)

AAPG Memoir 31 by Peter A. Scholle, Darwin Spearing

The intertidal zone is a mixed zone of vertical and lateral accumulation, normally affected by wave processes with secondary effects by currents. The upper intertidal zone is only marginally affected by currents and is less often subjected to ...

Google previewWallops Flight Facility Shoreline Restoration and Infrastructure Protection Program (2010)

Environmental Impact Statement

The intertidal zone is a transition zone exposed during low tide and totally submerged at high tide. This zone is an extremely dynamic area. Except for algae on the rocks of the existing seawall, plant species are virtually nonexistent in the ...

Google previewThe Marine Biology Coloring Book, 2e (2000)

by Coloring Concepts Inc.

The intertidal zone is that portion of the ocean shore that is periodically covered by the highest spring tides and exposed by the lowest spring tides. It is the meeting place of the marine and the terrestrial (land) environments and is exposed, ...

Google previewHandbook of Sea-Level Research (2015)

by Ian Shennan, Antony J. Long, Benjamin P. Horton

The intertidal zone is a more dynamic environment than most freshwater peatland and lake conditions, and there is therefore a risk that tests will be broken up on the surface of the marsh. Furthermore, the chemical conditions within marsh ...

Google previewKodiak Small Boat Harbor (1978)

Environmental Impact Statement

The high intertidal zone is that area above mean sea level and below the upper zone. The steep slopes limit this zone to a relatively narrow band. Rockweed is the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Caves and Karst Science (2004)

by John Gunn

The upper intertidal zone (barnacle zone), shows relatively flat-bottomed basins with overhanging rounded edges and barnacle-encrusted rounded inter-basin plateau remnants. The lower intertidal zone (mussel/echinoid zone), shows sharp , ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the World's Coastal Landforms (2010)

by Eric Bird

The intertidal zone widens and the ebbing tide exposes up to ten sand bars with intervening swales, generally parallel to the coastline (>Fig. These show minor short-term alternations in morphology and configuration during stormy ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Environmental Change (2013)

Three Volume Set by John A Matthews

HJW littoral zone The intertidal zone along a SHORELINE.

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Marine Science (2008)

by Barbara Charton, John Tietjen

foreshore The part of the shore between high and low water—the intertidal zone. See beach, intertidal zone, littoral. fossil Evidence of an organism's past history: It may be the original organism, a mineral ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Global Change (2001)

Environmental Change and Human Society

The intertidal zone is that area of the shoreline that lies between the depth of maximum high tide and minimum low tide. Organisms that live in the intertidal zone are adapted to withstand the drying effects of the Sun and wind for at least part of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Antarctic (2007)

by Beau Riffenburgh

This is especially well exemplified by the supralittoral zone (just above the intertidal zone) of many sub-Antarctic islands, which contains principal Antarctic mite genera, including Parasitiphis (Mesostigmata), Neocalvolia, Algophagus ...

Google previewDictionary of Natural Resource Management (2011)

by Katherine Dunster

Intertidal zone includes marshland (upper intertidal) and mudflats (lower intertidal). (4) Subtidal zone is the area located below the low ...

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