Ocean Plants

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Overview

This collection of data contains the location of seagrass beds and kelp forests. Seagrass beds consist of submersed, rooted vascular vegetation in tidally influenced areas. Canopy-forming kelp includes species of the genera Nereocystis (bull kelp) and Macrocystis (giant kelp). It does not include the understory kelp genera, such as Laminaria or Alaria. Even though the best available data were used, some irregularities can be expected as seagrass beds and kelp forests can change over a short period and are mapped using a variety of methods.

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