Module 12 – Continental Shelf Communities

The Continental Shelf is a gently sloping area, beginning at a point near land, just below the low-tide mark.  It continues out to the shelf break, which is the outer edge of the continental shelf.  This area contains abundant  quantities of life are are vast fishing grounds.  We have just studied Coral Reef communities.  They are located on the continental shelf, but because they are specialized, we studied them separately.        (Module 11- see previous posts.)

Class handout –  A Rocky Seashore Ecosystem Feb 15, 2011

We performed the following experiment in class.  Make sure that you have your experiment completed in your lab book.

Experiment 12.1  Meiofaunal Organisms


  • Plankton net
  • Plastic container
  • Water in spray bottle
  • Drinking straw
  • Field microscope
  • Prepared slide of Hydra


  1. Throw plankton net into pond;
  2. Pour water into plastic container using spray bottle to rinse collection tube of plankton net;
  3. Using a straw, gather sample and prepare slide for viewing
  4. Record findings

Observations: (Include detail drawings)

  1. Copepod
  2. Daphnia  (Water Flea)
  3. Nematode
  4. Larvae (Dragonfly)
  5. Water snail
  6. The “Wink” worm

Homework due February 22

  • Read all of Module 12
  • Answer all On Your Own Questions
  • Complete Study Guide
  • Module 12 Test

Next week we will begin Module 13 The Epipelagic Zone









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