Marine Science Chapters


Sandy Beaches (California)

by Genevieve (Genny) Anderson, Biological Sciences Department, Santa Barbara City College

Sandy beaches are some of the most demanding habitats for marine life in the world. This is primarily because the substrate (the sand) is constantly shifting due to waves and wind. There are changes due to the tides, seasons, and unique weather conditions that affect this area. Unique life forms are found here however, sometimes in surprising numbers. This lesson will explore the physical processes involved in sandy beaches and then the common life forms found on a typical California Sandy Beach.

Sandy Beach

Sandy Beach Processes

Sandy Beach Life

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(Revised 6 August 2007)
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