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Lect_23 chesapeake-1 - Lecture23 AQUATIC BIOMES THE...

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Lecture 23 AQUATIC BIOMES: THE CHESAPEAKE BAY
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Today… Introduction to Aquatic biomes The Chesapeake Bay Estuaries Botany of the Bay Phytoplankton Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Marshes The Bay today: Ecological concerns
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Aquatic biomes ______ biomes are similar to terrestrial biomes: The types of plants and animals reflect the T_____________ D______ of the body of water Salinity of the environment Examples of aquatic biomes: Tropical Marine, Temperate Marine, Freshwater
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The Chesapeake Bay The Chesapeake (“ Great Shellfish Bay ”) Bay is an estuary _________ is a body of water open to the sea, but with a large input of fresh water from the land (salt and fresh water mix) The Chesapeake Bay is the largest and most productive estuary in the _________ “...a faire Bay compassed but for the mouth with fruitful and delightsome land. ..Heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for man's habitation.” Captain John Smith, 1600’s
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The Chesapeake Bay The Chesapeake Bay estuary, like other estuaries, is a very productive ecosystem… Why? Light, water and nutrients _____ – lots of light due to ________ water depth
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The Chesapeake Bay ______ – abundance of it; replenishment from watershed (___ rivers from 6 states feed the bay): Susquehanna River is the largest tributary (50%) Patuxent River, Potomac River, Rappahannock River, York River, James River 18 trillion gallons of water!
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O_______________ __________ __________ of the Bay varies seasonally
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The Chesapeake Bay _____________ – that are washed off from the land in over 50 rivers, brought in on tides
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