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Question:. Where is there more life; where is there more trash?. Daniel Gordon Winson Cheong Razib Hossain Joseph Cuccurullo. Seashore. Characteristics of the Sea Shore. Beaches are areas of loose sediment (sand, gravel, cobbles) controlled by ocean processes.

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Where is there more life; where is there more trash?

  • Daniel Gordon

  • Winson Cheong

  • Razib Hossain

  • Joseph Cuccurullo



Characteristics of the sea shore

Characteristics of the Sea Shore

  • Beaches are areas of loose sediment (sand, gravel, cobbles) controlled by ocean processes.

  • Waves and currents move the accumulated sediment constantly creating, eroding and changing the coastlines

Salt marsh

Salt Marsh

Characteristics of a salt marsh

Characteristics of a Salt Marsh

  • Salt Marshes are typically found in sheltered coastal areas behind barrier islands or in river estuaries, where fresh water meets the ocean.

  • Flat open areas with very few trees.

  • Serve as spawning grounds and burseies for many valuable species of fish and shell fish.

Life at the beach

Life at the Beach…

  • Jellies

  • Mussels

  • Clams

  • Asian Shore Crabs

  • Sea Weed

  • Algae (Orange and Zoo Plankton)

  • Moon Snails

  • Barnacles

  • Birds (Varity of Seagulls and Pigeons)

  • Silverfish

Non living things at the beach


Lotion Bottles

Water Bottles

Plastic Wrappers

Bottle Caps

Cigarette Butts

Broken Glass

Gum Wrappers

Sandwich Containers

Latex wrappers

Abiotic Organisms


Mermaid Purses

Clam shells

Muscle Shells

Razor Shells

Non-living things at the Beach.

Life at the marsh

Life at the Marsh…

  • Mussels

  • Fiddler Crabs

  • Asian Shore Crabs

  • Shrimp

  • Perch Fish

  • Bass

  • Silverfish

  • Seaweed

Non living things at the marsh

Flip Flops


Other Car Parts


Broken Glass

Oil Residue

Non-Living things at the Marsh



  • We expect to find a wider array of life and pollution at the beach rather than the marsh.



  • Data was collected on Coney island beach during high tide from 12 – 2 p.m.

  • Data was collected at the marsh during low tide between 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

  • At this location two people explored the water using both dip nets and a seine net. Additionally, two people on the shore used dip nets to explore shoreline and collect data.

Non living vs living at the beach and marsh

Non-living vs. Living at the Beach and Marsh

Results and analysis


  • Result: Our hypothesis was not supported by the data collected because we found more evidence of life at the marsh and less pollution at the beach.

  • Data Analysis: We believe that our hypothesis was not supported because of the effects of tides on both environments. Additionally, the size of each environment had an impact on our findings.

Sources of error

Sources of Error:

  • Data collection (once per habitat)- If we did this experiment more than once, we would have better data collection.

  • Time of Day and Tide Conditions- We think that we should have done additional data collections at different times of the day and at different tide time. We might have different results for each time.



  • We expected to find a wider array of life and pollution at the beach rather than the marsh.

  • Size and physical characteristics had a major effect on our data collection and ultimately our findings.

  • The data shows that there was a clear difference in the amount of life and pollution collected and observed

Further study next steps

(Further Study) NEXT STEPS

  • Would we have different data collection during seasonal changes?

  • How does human activities effect the environment?

  • Is there different life forms further into the water?


  • By further exploring this topic we as individuals may find ways to protect and preserve the environment for future generations.

Literature cited

Literature Cited

  • Abstracts, BioSciences, Staff, New, Association, American, AC01112830], [Anonymus, (Organization), EPOMEX, & Vogelsong, Diana. (1997). Landscape architecture sourcebook. New York, NY: Omnigraphics Inc.

  • Company, R.R., Libraries, Association, Science, American, Guide, Bibliographic, Daiber, Franklin, Libraries, Association, Company, R.R., & Company, R.R. (1983). Internationale revue der gesamten hydrobiologie. New York, NY: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company.

  • Coulombe, Deborah. (1990). Seaside naturalist. new york, ny: Fireside.

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