By Robert L. Lippson
For many years, marine scientists Robert and Alice Jane Lippson have traveled the interior Coast—the rivers, backwaters, sounds, bays, lagoons, and inlets stretching from the Chesapeake Bay to the Florida Keys—aboard their trawler, Odyssey . The fruits in their leisurely trips, existence alongside the interior Coast is a guidebook to the crops, animals, and habitats present in some of the most biologically different areas on the earth. This dense method of waterways includes a tremendous variety of salinity degrees, from clean to brackish to oceanic, and is host to wildlife that experience tailored to either particular and large levels of ecological habitats. The Lippsons discover every one habitat, from wooded wetlands, vast marshes, and sandy shorelines, to the loads of piers and pilings thrusting into the waters, to the gigantic shallow waters wealthy in populations of fish, crabs, mollusks, and myriad different marine creatures. They describe greater than 800 species which are fantastically illustrated with meticulous ink drawings and pictures and arranged in line with habitat sort and geographic area. starting from the busy advertisement harbor at Norfolk via colossal expanses of marshlands of the mid-Atlantic to the tropical mangrove islands of Florida, existence alongside the internal Coast bargains readers a wealthy knowing of the relationships among organisms and the place they dwell. it's a invaluable source for naturalists, scholars, and a person who lives or vacation trips alongside the Atlantic internal Coast.
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Forested wetlands and swamps, along with vast acres of freshwater and saltwater marshes, ﬂoating weed beds, rooted aquatic vegetation, and minute ﬂoating plants called phytoplankton, provide a perpetual energy source — the engine — that forms the basis for the immense annual production of life in the Inner Coast. Lunar- and wind-driven tides and seasonal rainfall periodically ﬂood wooded wetlands and marshes. Nutrients and minerals transported to these areas by the ebb and ﬂow of the tides provide for the maintenance and continued existence of these essential wetlands.
They strut along the beach searching for tasty morsels, roost on pilings, and sun themselves in parking lots and on rooftops, and they concentrate at ﬁshing piers and ﬂoat in the shallows. When we discuss a species, we provide key characteristics to aid in its identiﬁcation, and we frequently indicate its range throughout the Inner Coast. In addition, we discuss ecological relationships, feeding behaviors, growth patterns, and reproductive activities. Most species are delineated with original pen-and-ink illustrations by Alice Jane Lippson.
Maritime and Bay Edge Forests Maritime and bay edge forests ﬂourish where the shoreline is elevated along the Inner Coast. These forests are associations of shrubs and trees that may be found along the edge of a beach in the dune ridges, along the shore of a river, or even as an isolated outpost on a rise in the middle of a broad marsh. Maritime forests are nothing more than groups of adaptable trees and shrubs that can endure salt-laden soils, pummeling wind-driven sand, and salt spray. Cedars, pines, oaks, and bayberry trees are shaped and sheared by onshore winds.
Life along the Inner Coast: A Naturalist's Guide to the Sounds, Inlets, Rivers, and Intracoastal Waterway from Norfolk to Key West by Robert L. Lippson