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Notes for Quiz 6 - Questions ?Whatmakesitunique...

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Questions What defines the environment? What makes it unique? What challenges or constraints for the environmental conditions pose  for the organisms living there? How have they adapted? Intertidal Well studied but small area Between high and low water Inhabited by marine organisms Environmental Conditions o Wet/dryness (tidal) o Temp o Wave action o Salinity Tides o Relative strength of gravitational v. centrifugal forces b/w the earth  and moon causes water n the earth to bulge outward o Freq and magnitude Influenced by  Latitude Moons position in orbit Sun and moon alignment Influences Duration of air exposure Timing of exposure Biological rhythms Temp
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o Seawater temp ranges are small o Intertidal temp ranges are huge o Substrate affects temp Wave action o Source of mechanical stress o Extends the intertidal zone Salinity o
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