supratidal zone

supratidal zone

[¦sü·prə′tīd·əl zōn]
(geology)
Pertaining to the shore area immediately marginal to and above the high-tide level.
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ENT levels were highest in the supratidal zone, lower in the intratidal zone, and lower still in the subtidal zone.
This was identified as the supratidal zone where carbonate mud-flats were exposed to alternating episodes of wetting and more prolonged drying; hence, this represents a setting above average sea level, assuming a microtidal coast, typical of most epicontinental seas (Allison & Wells 2006).
In arid tidal flats, such as Persian Gulf sabkha, gypsum precipitates in a transitional zone between intertidal and supratidal conditions, while anhydrite precipitates in the supratidal zone (Shinn 1983).
Abundant specimens of Chaetomorpha linum, and infrequent specimens of Enteromorpha prolifera and Bangia atropurpurea were found mainly in tidepools in the supratidal zone and in the upper intertidal zones on both sides of the jetty.
Sabkhas are located in supratidal zones, forming along arid coastlines and are characterised by evaporate-carbonate deposits.
After briefly discussing diagenesis in tidal-flat deposits, the author examines peritidal sediments and facies in shallow subtidal, intertidal, and supratidal zones.