East Beach ~ Barrier Beach

Sand constantly moving
Beach and dunes protect mainland from storms
Difficult place for plants and animals to live
Dune plants keep sand from blowing away

Welcome to a dynamic environment of wind, waves, sand, and salt.  Before you head out on the field trip, take the time to learn about how this ecosystem is altered by its physical environment and how the organisms in it are adapted for life in this area. Also take time to learn how this barrier beach has been important to humans as it has defended the mainland coast from many fierce Atlantic storms throughout history. Check out human use and overuse where you'll see how the barrier beach is used today.

Virtual Field Trip!
Physical Characteristics
Land Use
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