North Carolina marine education manual: Unit three, coastal ecology
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North Carolina marine education manual: Unit three, coastal ecology

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    Coastal Ecology is an introduction to the marine organisms of North Carolina, where they live, some of the special adaptations which enable them to successfully inhabitat these places, and the interrelationships between the marine organisms and their habitats. The marine habitats have been divided into two groups: the water column inhabitated by feebly swimming plankton and actively swimming nekton, and the sea floor inhabited by burrowing, crawling or attached benthic organisms. North Carolina's habitats are simplied by lack of natural rocky shoreline. Most sea floor environments are loose sand or mud with only piers and man-made rock groins providing substrate for attached organisms, Coastal habitats and organisms are linked together in complex systems involving water circulation, exchange of water-born particles and dissolved materials, and animal migrations. Table 1 provides a summary of the activities presented in Unit III in relation to the recommended program features of the North Carolina State Curriculum guide Course of Study of Elementary and Secondary Schools, K-12, 1977!. These activities and the background information could be included in many places in the middle school curriculum: life science, biology, earth science, and several elementary science programs. Table 2 provides a list of educational goals and behavioral objectives for Unit III.
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