The ebbs & flows of climate change in intertidal zones

Aug 18, 2018, 3:16 AM EDT
(Source: Tom Bridge/flickr)
(Source: Tom Bridge/flickr)

In America’s northeastern state of Maine, the beach in the Tidal Falls is home to a miniature ecosystem of marine organisms that stand threatened by a double blow of changing climate, exposing them to warming ocean temperatures during high tides and to terrestrial environment at low tides.

The intertidal species such as starfish, barnacles and shellfish, indirectly support several food chains, and a damage to them could have a cascading effect on the environment, other species and even human communities, notes Smithsonian.com.

The alarming footprints of changing climate are also visible in invasive species, migrating into marine zones previously uninhabitable but now conducive for their warmer temperatures, reports Phys.org.

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