in·​ter·​tid·​al | \ ˌin-tər-ˈtī-dᵊl How to pronounce intertidal (audio) \

Definition of intertidal

: of, relating to, or being the part of the littoral zone above low-tide mark

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Other Words from intertidal

intertidally \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈtī-​dᵊl-​ē How to pronounce intertidally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of intertidal in a Sentence

animals that live in the intertidal zone

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Researchers will analyze sediment samples from the test pits for traces of pollen and microfossils that might yield clues as to whether the stones were built in an intertidal marsh, a wooded area, or on farmland. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The lost standing stones of Devon are still hiding from archaeologists," 1 July 2018 Other studies have concluded that sand replenishment can be harmful to intertidal invertebrates, such as worms, clams, amphipods (sandhoppers) and crabs. Deborah Sullivan Brennan,, "Studying the journey of beach sand can combat sea level rise, improve surf conditions," 29 Apr. 2018 The total area holding oystergrass and other intertidal vegetation fringing all sides of the terraces and islands is at least double that. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Cow Trap Lake Project a success on multiple levels," 10 May 2018 Among other subjects, the book explores the sea’s geography, its intertidal life, its deeps, diving mammals and birds, and epic migrations of some of its animals, from salmon to gray whales to sandpipers. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "New children’s book dives deep into the Salish Sea," 23 Apr. 2018 As the name suggests, Quarry Cove used to be an old rock quarry, repurposed into an intertidal area in the early 1990s., "Yaquina Head really is an outstanding natural area," 9 Dec. 2017 In Prince Wiliam Sound, Fountain saw one of the important spots where Plafker took measurements after the quake — a line of barnacles that, prior to 1964, had been in the intertidal zone. Yereth Rosen, Alaska Dispatch News, "The big quake: New book explains how 1964 reshaped Alaska and the scientific world," 3 Sep. 2017 Mussels that formed blue mats along a certain level of the intertidal rock and gravel are missing. Alaska Dispatch News, "Emptied tide pools tell the story of Kachemak Bay’s disrupted ecosystem," 10 July 2017 That’s when the receding water reveals the intertidal sand in which the clams live. David Berger, The Seattle Times, "Love at low tide: We’re still digging those delicious razor clams," 25 Aug. 2017

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of intertidal

technical : of or relating to the area of the shore that is between the low point and the high point of the tide

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