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15.14: Kelp and Kelp Forests

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    Kelp and Kelp Forests

    Kelp attaches to rocky bottoms.
    Kelp grow up to 0.6 meters (2 feet) per day—one of the world's fastest growing species.
    Kelp can live as solitary plants to forests several miles long.
    Individual plants can grow up to 175 long.
    Kelp provides shelter for other organisms.

    Kelp Forest
    Figure 15.65. Kelp "forest"

    Figure 15.65. Offshore kelp bed along the California coast.

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