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The Science Behind FMR’s Foggy Summer Days

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Summer visitors to the reserve are often surprised to find thick, cold fog clinging to the coast. The Quest blog has a nice explanation of how fog is created by the very natural forces that help make FMR such a lush tidepooling spot:

http://science.kqed.org/quest/2011/08/08/the-deep-cold-secret-behind-summer-fog/

The Quest web site also has a nice 5-minute video in which a Berkeley professor explains the mechanics of fog, talks about how important fog is to the ecosystems where it is found, and discusses some of the ramifications of global climate change:

http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/science-on-the-spot-science-of-fog/