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INCLUDES AWhat Constitutes an Estuary BWhy are they so Important CWhat Types of Organisms live their DWhat if any thing is being done to ave estuaries EOther special interesting or unique facts about Estuaires FBibliography using appropriate MLA fromat Estuaries are partially enclosed bodies of water where saltwater from the sea mixes with freshwater from rivers streams and creeks Estuaries are enclosed by some of the coastline mashes and the wetlands The seaward border may be barrier islands reefs and sand or mud flats All estuaries are special every ecosystem has different parts to it that complete the estuaries habitat With all estuaries being different this means that some estuaries can be enclosed in marshes and barrier islands While another estuary can be boarded along the coat line and reefs Some bodies of water that include sloughs bays harbors sounds inlets and bayous Some well known estuaries include Chesapeake bay San Francisco Bay Boston Harbor Tampa Bay and Puget Sound Estuaries are also home to terrestrial or land-based plants and animals Also unique aquatic plants and animalsThe organisms that live in estuaries are as follows Wood Storks Pelicans Coniferous and Deciduous Trees Butterflies Sea Grass Sea Turtles and Sea Lions These organisms are special in that they are adapted to live in the brackish water of estuaries Estuaries are very important for a plethora of reasons They are among some of the most biologically productive ecosystems on the planet Of all the fish and shell fish we eat most have spent most of their time in in the brackish water of these estuaries Besides food estuaries are also important for other things as well The act as filters for terrestrial pollutants an help to provide protection from flooding There is also an economic importance as well they provide a nutritious source of food For some people estuaries are a hot place to spend a vacation for some tourists When people go to these
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