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Transcript of Aquatic Landscapes
A landscape is a physical/visual feature of the Earth's surface. They range from deserts to rainforests or man built structures. Landscapes can change over time, this effect is called erosion. Where the weather (rain and wind) wear down the rocks and land.
What are the characteristics of an Aquatic Landscapes?
Is an aquatic landscape a human or natural environment?
How do people use your Landscape?
Rivers, streams, oceans and dams all share the characteristic of holding water. Inhabitants and biological communities are similar in all aquatic landscapes. But they do vary depending on the environment (weather, temperature), depth of environment and whether or not it is salt water or fresh water. Wetlands are areas where the water table is at or near the surface of the land. Wetlands aren't truly aquatic.
The aquatic landscape is a natural environment. Aquatic landscapes include: Seas, oceans, lakes, rivers, wetlands, marshes, lagoons, streams and swamps. When salt water mixes with fresh water you will find mangroves, salt marshes and mud flats. All of these habitats are home to a wide variety of wildlife. Some lakes, rivers and streams, however are man-made.
People use aquatic landscapes to swim, play, fish, surf and dive. Often athletes use the ocean as a way to rest and recover after a meet/race. Most ways that people use this landscapes are for recreational resources. But fishing is used to sell and make money.
Is this a positive or negative impact on the environment?
Most of the impacts we have individually on aquatic landscapes don't have a negative impact. However, the pollution that factories and cities produce is very harmful on the landscape and the wildlife in it. Trawling is an extremely negative impact on the environment and the aqua life. This practice is not sustainable as the fish can't reproduce fast enough compared to the rate we are fishing at.
Examples of Landscapes and where they are in the world.
Examples of aquatic landscapes are seas, oceans, lakes, rivers, wetlands, marshes, lagoons, streams and swamps. The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the world's five oceans, followed by the Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Southern Ocean, and Arctic Ocean.
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By Trinity, Ebony, Caitlin and Alyssa.