Mechanical Limits to Size in Wave-Swept Organisms.
Technical rept. Jul 79-Jul 81,
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF ZOOLOGY
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It is proposed that wave forces, specifically the inertial force due to water acceleration, limits the sizes of wave-swept organisms. A model is provided which predicts the probability of dislodgement based on empirically measurable parameters. This model is tested using various wave-swept species, and in several cases is believed to be applicable. A method is outlined for predicting survivorship as a function of size, and applications of this method are examined.
- Biological Oceanography