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Biology and the Mechanics of the Wave-Swept Environment
Author: Mark Denny

ISBN: 9780691635507
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 19 March 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.0 x 2.1
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This text introduces and draws together pertinent aspects of fluid dynamics, physical oceanography, solid mechanics, and organismal biology to provide a much-needed set of tools for quantitatively examining the biological effects of ocean waves. "Nowhere on earth does water move as violently as on wave-swept coasts," writes the author, "and every breaker that comes pounding on the shore places large hydrodynamic forces on the organisms resident there." Yet wave-swept coral reefs and rocky shores are home to some of the world's most diverse assemblages of plants and animals, and scientists have chosen these environments to carry out much of the recent experimental work in community structure and population dynamics. Until now these studies have been hampered because biologists often lack a working understanding of the mechanics of the wave-swept shore. Mark Denny here supplies that understanding in clear and vivid language.


Included are an introduction to wave-induced water motions and the standard theories for describing them, a broad introduction to the hydrodynamic forces the...

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