Estuaries

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SciGuides are a collection of thematically aligned lesson plans, simulations, and web-based resources for teachers to use with their students centered on standards-aligned science concepts.

Estuaries are bodies of water and their surrounding coastal wetlands typically found where rivers meet the sea. Estuaries harbor unique plant and animal communities because their waters are brackish—a mixture of fresh water draining from the land and salty seawater.

Estuaries are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world. Many animal species rely on estuaries for food, places to breed, and migration stopovers. Human communities also rely on estuaries for food, recreation, jobs, and coastal protection.

Of the 32 largest cities in the world, 22 are located on estuaries (e.g., New Orleans, London, etc). Not surprisingly, human activities have led to the decline in the health of estuaries, making them one of the most threatened ecosystems on the Earth. NOAA's National Estuarine Research Reserve System in partnership with coastal states monitors the health of estuaries and helps communities manage their coastal resources.

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Reviews (5)
  • on Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:54 PM

SciGuides are really fantastic.When it's time to teach about bodies of water/wetlands, I can be confident knowing I'll have the Estuaries SciGuide to go to for lesson plans, simulations, and web-based resources. I'll be able to create outstanding lessons in a shorter amount of time since many resources are easily accessible in this SciGuide.

Naomi Beverly  (Marietta, GA)
Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA)

  • on Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:22 AM

This SciGuide is very informative about estuaries. Being that estuaries are commonly inhabited by large populations, it behooves students to learn about them. I enjoyed the lesson plan on Oil Spill Response and the NERRS. For my AP Environmental Science class, I think it is a good resource because we discuss many different land and water biomes. It is an interesting part of coastal environments that is often overlooked but is fragile and sensitive to pollution. This SciGuide is beneficial also for teachers who are unfamiliar with coastal environments.

Whitney A
Whitney A

  • on Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:06 PM

This SciGuide is very informative about estuaries. Being that estuaries are commonly inhabited by large populations, it behooves students to learn about them. I enjoyed the lesson plan on Oil Spill Response and the NERRS.

Whitney A
Whitney A

  • on Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:36 PM

Es excelente que hayan guias como estas para maestros. Yo soy maestros de ciencias superior y tengo dos años de experiencia.

Omayra Gorgas  (San Juan, PR)
Omayra Gorgas (San Juan, PR)

  • on Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:24 PM

Very nicely organized. They did a good job splitting up the resources int multiple categories. Seems like plenty of stuff for all ability levels. Great resources

Dan Carroll  (Arlington, VA)
Dan Carroll (Arlington, VA)


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