Vocabulary - Definitions and Context
- Traits that allow an animal or plant to survive in its environment
Context: Animals on our Texas beaches must have adaptations to survive in the sandy and salty conditions.
- Atlantic Ocean:
- An ocean bordered by Europe and Africa in the east and the Americas in the west
Context: The ocean that you play in when you go to a Texas beach is the Atlantic Ocean.
- Looking for things along the seashore
Context: Next time you go to the beach, go beachcombing for wildlife, but be sure to leave them right where you find them!
- Wearing away of the earth's surface by wind or water
Context: Sand dunes are constantly facing erosion from the wind at the beach.
- Gulf Coast:
- The land next to the Gulf of Mexico
Context: Many people love to go to the Texas Gulf Coast to visit our beaches!
- Gulf of Mexico:
- The bowl-shaped part of the Atlantic Ocean that is near Texas
Context: Mustang Island State Park is located on the Gulf of Mexico.
- High tide:
- The highest point reached by a tide; when the ocean comes its farthest onto shore
Context: If you are fishing, it is important to know when high tide will be so you are safely out of the way when it comes in.
- Low tide:
- The lowest level of a tide; when the ocean goes the farthest away from the shore
Context: During low tide you can see lots of cool critters on the shore, but please be sure to leave them right where you find them.
- A return to the way something used to be
Context: At Galveston Island State Park they used old Christmas trees to do sand dune restoration.
- Sand dunes:
- Tall piles of sand found on the beach and elsewhere
Context: Many beach animals use sand dunes for their homes, so please help us protect the dunes, Dude!
- A type of seaweed that grows in the ocean, but often washes ashore on Texas beaches
Context: Sargassum might make the shore look messy, but shorebirds don't care about that! Watch how they run to it and chow down on the critters that hide underneath.
- The land beside an ocean, sea, lake or river
Context: Just look around and you will find plenty of animal life on the Texas shore!
- Movement of ocean water caused mostly by the moon’s gravity
Context: Tides help carry sargassum to the shore and that helps the beach wildlife a lot.