AV’S PROJECT

Here you go.  In AV’s words.

Watercolor close-up on Calin's page

I created a book that has seven pages.  The first three are devoted to the characters.

Watercolor close-up of Goo and Betsy

Watercolor close up of Resser

The next four cover the various ocean zones.  The first is the splash zone; then following are: the euphotoic, disphotic, and asphotic zones. Different media were researched and used in each page.

Close-up of the torn paper splash zone

The splash zone is the area of the beach that encompasses the shore line to the dunes and all the beach in between.  Creatures living in tidal pools, sea birds, tube worms, marine plants, and algae all live in this complex ecosystem.  All of the animals in this zone must be tolerant to the extremes of wet and dry.   Prograding (adding sand to the beach through water and wind) and regrading (removal of sand) can move the zone hundreds of feet in a few years.

Euphotic zone quilted page close-up

The euphotic zone (u fotik) comes from the Greek for lots of light.  More than 90% of the ocean’s life lives in the narrow euphotic zone.  Everything from corals to sea snakes lives in this zone.   A large amount of fish species live here, too.  The majority of sharks and rays live here as well. This is the most studied zone in the ocean. The reason being it has the largest abundance of life in the ocean.

Resser watches an angler fish in this wood cut close-up

Beginning at 600 feet and descends to 3000 feet, the disphotic (dis fotik) zone is a large zone but not the largest.  Sperm whales, hatchet fish, and microscopic organisms call this zone home. In these low-light conditions, bioluminesce is often the only light available.  It is created by bacteria stored by the fish. These bacteria live in sacks in the fish. All bacteria send off small chemicals that can be received by other bacteria, and when the bacteria receive enough of this chemicals, they turn on.

Pop-up close-up

The aphotic (a fotik) zone takes up more than 80% of the ocean. It is kind of like Alaska; there are not enough different things there to split it up more. Most of the things that live there are squid, crabs, shrimp, angler fish, tripod fish, and bacteria.  This is mineral rich water; all of the life here must be able to withstand high levels of toxicity.  Worms make up a large percentage of the population of this zone.  Because of the toxic minerals, which to most living things is very poisonous, but to the worms it causes them to thrive. The minerals are mostly sulfates escaping into the water through vets in the ocean floor.

We live ocean planet because are a planet that is 70% water. Yet we only use a small amount of this massive resource. Oil, fishing and commercial travel make up the majority of the ocean’s uses.  We know more about the typography of Mars than we know about the ocean’s typography.  I think that this is a weakness in our international policy.

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