Shore Front Park


On August 15th, 2005, Dave Lash and I hiked the perimeter of Bayfront Park Google Map here.

A slough runs along part of the west and the entire north side of the park. On the east are pickle grass wetlands that extend to the Bay. On the south and continuing around part of the west, is a large saltern, the remains an intensive salt production.

Water in the saltern measured about 42% saline. A sample of the saltern water was taken from the area shown in the photograph below [this is a close-up photograph about 12-inX18-in]:

Large salt crystals began to form when the sample was put on a microscope slide. The next slide shows life, even at this high salt concentration:


In spite of the intense salt concentration, every microliter contained a few dinoflagillate cells. The photomicrograph below was taken at about 800X magnification.

If you look closely at the dinoflagellate cell, you will see the two flagella that give this tiny algal cell its name. The beating of these two flagella propel the dinoflagelate through the water in a rapid and irregular motion.

The slide contained about 100-microliters and there were between 50 and 100 dinoflagellate cells on the slide. Roughly, this amounts to some 30-million dinoflagellates per cubic foot of water in the saltern.

One Response to “Shore Front Park”

  1. Cris Says:


    Thanks for posting — looks fabulous. I am playing around a bit with the site’s styl;e sheet. The next day or two may involve a wide variety of ‘looks’.