Low Energy Beaches



Johnny Spears

Schofield Middle School

    Hello!  My name is Johnny Spears.  I teach seventh grade science at Schofield Middle School in Aiken, South Carolina. My students are the best! We work on many different concepts in class, even some environmental science.  During our study of ecosystems and environments, I like to focus on everyone's favorite vacation spot - the coast.

    Like thousands of people each summer, I like to head to the coast.  There is so much to do and see on the coast. When many people hear the words  "the beach", they often think of sun, sand, and surf.  The word beach brings to mind picturesque sunrises, soothing sounds of waves crashing on the shore, and the hint of coconut from suntan oil that lingers in the air.  Many people find some tranquility while on the beach.  Others truly love standing waist deep in the rolling surf fishing for a challenging game fish.  What do you think of when you hear the word beach?

    While many people flock to the beach each summer, they typically go to what is known as a high energy beach.  They are great, but there is another type of beach that exists on the coast - a low energy beach.  Low energy beaches are quiet compared to a high energy beach, with a higher diversity of organisms.  They are fascinating to visit if you have the opportunity.

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