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Mediterranean Coast Network parks encompass a staggering diversity of ecosystems. Situated at the confluence of two major ocean currents, a region of persistent oceanic upwelling, and the border of two tectonic plates, it is one of the most biologically rich areas in the world. Network parks include open ocean, kelp forests, and rocky intertidal zones, brackish estuaries and wetlands, and freshwater streams. On land, habitats include everything from sandy beaches and dunes to grasslands, coastal sage scrub, and forests, to canyons and mountains. See the links below to learn more about each of these unique environments.