Abiotic factors: all nonliving elements in an ecosystem
Biotic factors: all living factors in an ecosystem
Ecosystem: the relationship between the living and nonliving factors in an area functioning as a unit
Water cycle, evaporation, condensation, precipitation
Hot plate, steel pan with lid, poster paper and poster boards, yarn, colored pencils, acrylic paint, watercolors, crayons, old magazines, fabric scraps, glue sticks.
Ships in a Stormy Sea Off a Coast provides a powerful and chilling reminder of how vulnerable ships are to nature's fury. Seastorm paintings, known as stormpjes, were popular with the Dutch public of the seventeenth century. The Dutch, who were dependent on overseas trade and who waged a constant battle against the sea along their coast, left vivid descriptions of many such violent storms in their historical records. Some scholars have suggested that this painting portrays an actual event, the loss of the Dutch men-of-war Ridderschap and Hollandia in a hurricane in the Strait of Gibraltar, 1-3 March 1694. Whether a real or imagined storm at sea, this arresting image fills a major gap in the Museum's outstanding collection of northern European paintings.