About the Book
This book is a journey of discovery of the plant and animal communities that live along our coast from the sandy dunes to the clear blue green water. Many creatures live in that vital place where the bountiful ocean meets the land. The shallow waters provide the perfect environment for seagrass meadows and leafy algae gardens. These plants are the sheltering nurseries for larvae of countless marine species many of which become food for larger hungry fish, crustaceans, birds and land creatures. Our Australian shores are unsurpassed for their beauty and vast abundance of different creatures. Summer time swimmers at the edge of the water often have no idea of the life teeming in the water around their feet.
People too, are part of the complex interrelationship of all living things and the environment. Our survival depends on how well we conserve the system of life on Earth: the biosphere. In the last chapter we look at human ingenuity and some technologies and behaviours that are damaging the biosphere. We consider ways each of us can rethink our patterns of consumption to address these problems.
During 2013 and 2014 the author has worked with the River Rangers, Years Six and Seven Students at Ellenbrook Christian College and their inspired coordinator Cate McCullough, to observe and document the natural wonders of the coast. You are invited to learn about the animals and plants, that share the coast with us and rely on our life choices for their continued existence. This book covers: The Essential Biological Science Concepts, Science as Human Endeavour and Science Enquiry Skills within the Australian primary school curriculum. The Cross Curriculum Priority of Sustainabily is the underpinning theme of this book. Ocean and Coast is also available in eBook format for AU$5.36 Link: http://store-au.blurb.com/ebooks/489423-ocean-and-coast
Angela Rossen is an artist with over thirty years professional practice painting and exhibiting in Australia and overseas. Her main theme is the the beauty and fragility of the Ocean which she communicates through her works in a range of media. She also presents workshops in schools, creating biodiversity paintings as a way of involving children with the environment and conservation issues in a fun and educational way. Have a look at her website www.angelarossen.com