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Old 03-14-2018, 06:42 PM   #3676
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This is a very good article on driftwood and the relationship between forests, rivers and the ocean.

Driftwood makes an enormous if underappreciated contribution to the food web connecting the forests and the sea. From streams to estuaries to the deep ocean floor, driftwood shapes every environment it passes through. While there’s an awareness that temperate rainforests are enriched with nitrogen from the marine environment, delivered by decomposing salmon, less well known is the fact that dead trees from those same forests travel to the sea and become a vital source of food and habitat. Driftwood is in need of a PR campaign, celebrity spokesperson, or publicist at the very least. Driftwood, it turns out, is also rapidly disappearing.
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Old 03-15-2018, 03:48 PM   #3677
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I just saw an episode of Blue Planet 2 (excellent) that said that scientists now think that baby sea turtles spend much of their time growing to adulthood on and around a piece of driftwood they find. Without something to rest on, and a source of algae (when they're tiny) or crustaceans/limpets/small fish as they get bigger, they won't live long enough to do open ocean hunting.
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