The Dynamic Wrack Line

Every winter high surf and rivers swelled by drenching storms combine with high tides to replenish the wrack line. It’s an annual cycle of renewal, muted only when winter storms are mild. Recent winters on my home beaches have seen few storms, low surf, and little replenishment of the wrack line. That changed this winter.…

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My 2015 King Tide Project – Swell Matters

I have a fascination with very high and very low tides. Who doesn’t – they’re rare events and when they occur, things happen. Low tides are great for the naturalist; everybody’s out digging clams and exploring rarely exposed beaches and tidepools. Very high tides catch just about everybody’s attention. Coastal flooding and beach erosion can…

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Exploring the Highest Intertidal Fringes

I plan weeks or even months ahead for low tide explorations on the outer shores. The lowest tides, those below 2.0′ below mean lower low water on my home beaches, reveal rocks and sand we hardly ever get to see. On the exposed outer coast, this zone is rarely examined closely because it is usually…

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