South Puget sound intertidal habitats


This map shows the distribution of a variety of intertidal habitats in south Puget Sound. Note that the mud beaches are within the bays while sandy beaches are in the more exposed areas outside of bays.  This is the result of wave and tidal current distribution.  High energy areas lack fine sediments on the beach which low energy areas have higher levels of fine sediments.

A term “flat” on this map means a wide beach.

The map was drawn by Tom Mumford for the South Sound Estuary Association and is based on ShoreZone 2000 data .  It is provided here with the permission of Tom Mumford.