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Location
The ocean shore biome is located many places all over the world. This biome lies wherever any land meets ocean waters. The ocean shore biome is located along the edges of every continent- Australia, North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Antarctica. Different animals live on the ocean shore depending on the location. This biome starts at the beginning of any ocean beach and tapers down a few meters into the water. Some locations are sandy beaches and others are where the ocean water crashes into rocky cliffs. In the image below, the blue area represents ocean shore biomes across the globe.
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Location of Ocean Shore Biomes

Climate
The Ocean shore climate differs on where it is in the world. Usually, the summers are warm or hot and the winters are cool. In other cases the summers are warm, spring and autumn are cool, and winter is cold. In some countries that have an ocean shore biome, there are four seasons; in others there are only two. In Washington, there are four seasons- summer, autumn, winter and spring. In spring, the average temperature is 10.56 degrees Celsius, and the average precipitation level is 12.69 cm. In summer, the average temperature is 15.76 degrees Celsius, and the average precipitation level is 5.19 cm. In autumn, the average temperature is 11.04 degrees Celsius, and the average precipitation level is 20.96 cm. In winter, the average temperature is 6.94 degrees Celsius, and the average precipitation level is 24.26 cm.

Interesting Climate Facts for the Ocean Shore Biomes in Washington
*The highest recorded temperature for this biome in Washington was taken in 1961, and was 35.56 degrees Celsius.*The lowest recorded temperature for this biome in Washington was taken in 1983, and was -13.89 degrees Celsius.*November is the average wettest month in the Ocean Shore biome located in Washington.*December is the average coolest month in the Ocean Shore biome located in Washington.*August is the average warmest month in the Ocean Shore biome located in Washington.

In other places, such as Costa Rica, there are only two seasons, warm and cool or dry and wet. During the wet season, the average temperature is between 22 and 27 degrees Celsius, and the average precipitation level is 140 cm. During the dry season, the average temperature is between 28 and 32 degrees Celsius, and the average precipitation level is 42 cm. The climate changes between different locations because some are closer to the equator than others.


Ocean currents can also effect the climate. Ocean currents flow in patterns affected by wind, water salinity, temperature, the topography of the ocean floor, and the earth's rotation.Ocean currents are driven by wind and solar heating of the waters near the equator, though some ocean currents result from density and salinity variations of water. These currents are relatively constant and flow in one direction only, in contrast to the tidal currents closer to shore.

If there are cold currents, the climate results to be cooler than expected; if there are warm currents, the climate results to be warmer than expected. Below is an image representing cold and warm currents- red arrows show where warm currents are located, and blue arrows show where cold currents are located.

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The Ocean Shore biome's climate is effected by ocean currents. The blue arrows show where cold currents are located, and the red arrows show where warm currents are located across the world.




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Ocean Shore winters in Washington.
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Ocean Shore summers in Washington.
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Ocean Shore springs in Washington.
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Ocean Shore autumns in Washington.




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Ocean Shore in Costa Rica during the wet season.
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Ocean Shore in Costa Rica during the dry season.


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