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Estuary, What’s an Estuary?

2012 February 2

I recently watched an estuary video and learned a lot. For example, did you know that an estuary is a body of water formed where freshwater from rivers and streams flows into the ocean, mixing with seawater? What I didn’t know was that estuaries are called nurseries of the sea because so many young fish, turtles, and other creatures are born and spend their developing years here.  A lot of people boat, swim and fish in estuaries and have no idea the importance of them. Is there an estuary where you live?

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Megan Gavin is the Environmental Education Coordinator for EPA Region 5 in Chicago, Illinois.

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  1. Anonymous permalink
    February 7, 2012

    I did not know the word estuary but I knew of them if that makes sense. Thanks for the link to the video as well I enjoyed watching it. Keep posting I enjoy reading these ;)

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