Sea Shells at the Sea Shore
Name: Wyatt S
Hi - the sea shells I have collected SINK in water - so how come so many shells wash up
on the beach? If they START on the bottom of the ocean, how do they get picked up and put on the
sand? Why don't they just stay at the bottom of the ocean?
Currents bring them to the shore.
Nathan A. Unterman
If you have ever experienced being on the surf of a ocean, you know the force the wave action can
bring. During storms and high winds, the surf becomes very powerful and can move anything lying on the
nearby ocean floor. Shells can easily be swept up by these waves and are often deposited on the shore.
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Update: June 2012