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Encyclopedia > Littoral zone

A littoral is the region near the shoreline of a body of fresh or salt water. The term may also be used as an adjective. Depending on context, it may mean the region within a few meters of the water, or everything influenced, possibly extending back many kilometers.


The littoral zone of a freshwater biome refers to the region of well-lit water close to shore. This zone is home to most of the aquatic plantlife (both rooted and floating) in a pond or lake because the high amount of sunlight reaching it allows for significant photosynthetic activity. Leaf. ...


The adjacency of water gives a number of distinctive characteristics to littoral regions. Water's erosive power results in particular types of landforms, such as sand dunes, and estuaries. The natural movement of the littoral along the coast is called the littoral drift. Biologically, the ready availability of water enables a greater variety of plant and animal life, and the additional local humidity due to evaporation usually creates a microclimate supporting unique types of organisms. A landform comprises a geomorphological unit. ... This article is about the sand formations, for other meanings see Dune (disambiguation) Mesquite Flat Dunes in Death Valley National Park In physical geography, a dune is a hill of sand built by eolian (wind-related) processes. ... Estuaries and coastal waters are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth, providing numerous ecological, economic, cultural, and aesthetic benefits and services. ... Humidity is the quantity of moisture in the air. ... Categories: Stub | Ecology ...


In human culture, the littoral is most important; a large percentage of the world's population lives close to lakes or the sea.


The littoral zone is divided into three sub-zones:

  • Supralittoral Zone: The zone extending from the high-tide line toward dry land, only underwater during high tides or storms. Also known as the "spray zone".
  • Intertidal Zone: The area between the high tide and low tide lines.
  • Sublittoral Zone: The subtidal zone below the low tide line, permanently immersed. The sublittoral zone extends to the point where the continental shelf drops.

"Littoral" is the name of coastal departments of Benin (see Littoral, Benin) and Cameroon (see Littoral, Cameroon). The Republic of Benin is a nation of western Africa, formerly known as Dahomey. ... The Republic of Cameroon is a unitary republic of central Africa. ...


The littoral province of Cameroon is the richest province. It houses the biggest city in the country, Douala. Douala is the main port entry for foreign import. Douala is a city near the Atlantic coast in Cameroon. ...


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A Guide To Habitats In Ireland (3004 words)
Littoral, or seashore, habitats are subdivided on the basis of substratum type into two broad sections: littoral rock (hard substrata colonised mainly by epibiota) and littoral sediment (unconsolidated material colonised mainly by infauna).
Littoral rock includes rocky habitats of the littoral, or intertidal zone that extends from the upper limit of the supralittoral, or spray zone, to the MLWS tide mark.
The littoral zone is taken as the area between the uppermost limit of the strandline and the MLWS tide mark.
Ocean Regions: Littoral Zone - Characteristics (137 words)
The littoral zone is the part of the ocean closest to the shore.
The littoral zone is from the shoreline to 600 feet (183 meters) out into the water and is divided into three zones: the supralittoral zone, the intertidal zone and the sublittoral zone.
The littoral zone is a tricky area for predicting water conditions because so many factors affect it.
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