Lecture 1-18-07 - Estuary • Mixture of salt water and...

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BISC Lecture – 1/18/07 Freshwater Wetlands Excellent water filtration systems Nursery grounds for many animals Organic Detritus Flowing Freshwaters Rapids region Spiraling A lot of dissolved organic material in the water, amino acids (D.O.M. – dissolved organic matter) Rocky Intertidal Major adaptation – exposure to air (dry) Copopods – Tiny crustations Coral Reefs Huge physical complexity Highest diversity Mostly hard-corals – provides structure Soft corals, sea fans, sea whips, sponges Fringing reef, barrier reef, atoll are the three structures
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Unformatted text preview: Estuary • Mixture of salt water and freshwater • Animals adapt to changing salinities • Plant growth is really high Mudflats • Crabs, worms, snails, clams • Geo duck • Mud skipper fish Salt Marshes • Temperate areas – corn grass, pickle weed • Mangrove Freshwater Marsh • Rich in wildlife • Excellent filtration system • Moderate marine diversity, high insect diversity • Snails, insects, clams, crabs (fiddler) • Mangrove trees – red and black, range from shrubs to giant trees • Lots of detritus...
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