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Abalone Cove

Abalone Cove is located in the South Coast region of California, in Palos Verdes Open Space District, within the Abalone Cove State Marine Conservation Area. This moderately sloping site consists of moderately uneven terrain, containing few cracks and folds. 

Abalone Cove long-term monitoring overview

Abalone Cove is dominated by a mixture of consolidated basalt bedrock and boulder fields, and the area surrounding the site is comprised of a mixture of consolidated bedrock, boulder fields, and sandy beach. The primary coastal orientation of this site is west.

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Long-Term Monitoring Surveys at Abalone Cove were established in 2009, and were previously done by University of California Los Angeles, but are currently done by California State University Long Beach. Long-Term MARINe surveys currently target the following species and/or areas: Chthamalus/Balanus (Acorn Barnacles), Mytilus (California Mussel), Endocladia (Turfweed), Rock (Above Barnacles), and Pisaster (Ochre Star).

For more information about Abalone Cove, please contact Bengt Allen.

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