Stinson Beach Transect

While in Stinson Beach, we measured the transect and the slope of the beach, while also taking note of the objects found on the ground. To prepare for our experiment, we laid a long measuring tape along the width of the beach, starting at the shoreline and ending at the highest point of the beach. At every meter, we collected data on the objects found on the beach surface, such as seaweed, algae, or bird carrion, while also measuring the height of the object. However, we only took note on the objects that were found directly under the measuring tape. Every other meter, we measured the angle of the sand, using a special protractor with an attached weight. With the weight connected to a string, it allowed the weight to act as a pendulum along the protractor, helping us to determine the slope of the beach. We collected data on these particular things because it allows us to determine what organisms have ingested on the shore, and also determine the distance the waves travelled up the shoreline.

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