|Beavertail ~ Rocky Shore|
Virtual Field Trip
First we will use a transect line, which is a yellow rope marked off every meter, to find out how far each zone is from the water. We lay the rope out in a straight line from the spot on the top of the rocks at the highest zone, the black zone, all the way down into the water; making sure the line is touching the ground the entire length. It's pretty easy to see the different life zones because they are named for the plants and animals that live there: black zone, periwinkle zone, barnacle zone, rockweed zone, Irish moss zone, and kelp zone. Now we can attach a label to the transect rope to identify each zone. From this information we can make a drawing of the side-view of our rocky shore. Our transect line crosses a tide pool, so we put that in our drawing, too.