Modern rock-bound seacoasts form some of the most dramatic and inspiring natural environments on Earth. The spectacular fury of storm-driven waves crashing against stony shoreline ramparts has always had a profound and enduring effect on the human psyche, engendering fear and fascination in equal measure and stimulating the creation of great works in art, music, verse, and prose. Even during times of absolute calm we find delight in the stark physical contrasts marking these narrow intersections between hydrosphere, atmosphere, and lithosphere. We marvel, too, at the tenacity and resilience of organisms adapted for life in these perilous zones — caught,...

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