Vertical Zonation Across Exposed and Protected Rocks on the California Shoreline


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Vertical Zonation Across Exposed and Protected Rocks on the California Shoreline
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Current research into vertical zonation across protected and exposed areas of various rocky shore environments has lead to contradictory results. While some data maintains that exposure to abiotic and biotic disruptive factors may cause either destruction or lessened species diversity in exposed areas, other data supports a more diverse and flourishing environment in exposed areas, owing to factors such as wave action, the up-welling of nutrient rich water and the destruction of larger, more dominant species allowing for the reproduction of smaller, usually subdued species. It is hypothesized in...
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