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Examines different types of coasts, how they are shaped by nature, how the development of coasts has destroyed plant and animal life, beaches, and marshes, and ways to use the coast's valuable resources and still preserve them.
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Grade 5 Up-- An excellent overview of the current status of the continental ocean coasts, as man-made alterations and pollution are depriving coastal wildlife of much of its habitat. The authors begin with an introduction to the natural forces at work on the coastal zone and the conflicting needs of humans and animals for this resource. They describe such specific areas as estuaries--the bays, harbors, sounds and lagoons where fresh water meets salt water--and explain why they are important. How individuals can protect the coasts is the final theme. The photographs are dark shades of gray, and although they illustrate important concepts described in the text, they are not very clear. Nevertheless, the text is clearly written and will be useful not only for reports but also to satisfy curiosity about the effects of pollution, construction, and erosion on coastal areas and what can be done about it. --Frances E. Millhouser, Reston Regional Library, VA
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Book Description Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School Pub. Co, 1992. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0022749667