Mickey Cohen Shows Locals ‘The Living Beach’
During a hike along the ocean beaches, sand trails and the sunken forest participants collected various specimens and rocks while Mickey Cohen, leader shared its geological and environmental significance. They included crabs, cattails, seashells, seaweeds, mushrooms and the sand itself. The latter is the result of weathered rocks deposited during our last glacial movement and broken down for our present day sand.
The group also visited the site of the fresh water pond at Fort Tilden. The sample of water tested here for its biochemical composition by Anna Horowitz’s earth science class last spring was the basis of the Fort Tilden Pond Award at the Hall of Science. Stephen Yaeger, a science teacher, has also conducted studies of this pond. Cattails offer vital nutrients, including fats and oils, to the ducks and geese.
Mickey Cohen pioneered the oceanography at Beach Channel High School when he was Assistant Principal of the Science Department. Mickey and Barbara Cohen are members of the America Littoral Society that espouses the preservation of our coastlines. December 7 will likely be the winter repeat of this trip.