Estuaries are places where rivers meet the sea. Discover what makes them different from other ecosystems.
This is an excellent site to learn about data gathering, scientific reporting techniques, and inquiry methods.
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Imagine that something is wrong with your local estuary. Be a sleuth to solve an estuary mystery!
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The economy of many coastal areas rely on the natural beauty and bounty of estuaries. When these natural resource are imperiled so are the livelihoods of many people who live and work along the coast.
Estuaries are important natural places. They provide goods and services that are economically and ecologically indispensable.
People who make a living by fishing, crabbing, and oystering on the Chesapeake Bay are called watermen. Most are independent fishermen. Discover who these unique people are and what their life is like.
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An estuary is a tremendous economic resource that provides jobs to coastal communities. The commercial and recreational fishing industry alone employs 1.5 million people and contributes $111 billion to the nation's economy.