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Estuaries

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Mark Van Arsdale

on 14 December 2016

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Transcript of Estuaries

Types of Estuaries
Characterized by daily and seasonal changes which lead to unique plant communities.
The Importance of Estuaries
Biological Nurseries
Water Filtration
Flood Control
Economic Engines

Types of Circulation
Image by Tom Mooring
Life in an estuary
Estuaries
Mangroves
Salt Marshes
Tectonic
Bar Built
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/kits/estuaries/media/supp_estuar04_barbuilt.html
Coastal Plain
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/kits/estuaries/media/supp_estuar04_coastal.html
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/kits/estuaries/media/supp_estuar04_techtonic.html
Fjord
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/kits/estuaries/media/supp_estuar04_fjord.html
Salt Wedge
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/kits/estuaries/media/supp_estuar05a_wedge.html
Fjord
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/kits/estuaries/media/supp_estuar05b_fjord.html
Vertically Mixed
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/kits/estuaries/media/supp_estuar05a_wedge.html
Partially Mixed
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/kits/estuaries/media/supp_estuar05c_stratified.html
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/kits/estuaries/media/supp_estuar06a_saltmarsh.html
A semi-enclosed coastal body of water, which has a free connection with the open sea, and within sea water is measurably diluted with freshwater derived from land drainage.
Mudflats
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