Estuarypartially enclosed body of water and its surrounding coastal habitats, where
saltwater from the ocean mixes with freshwater from rivers or streams.
estuaries are habitats for many animals as well as plants. most productive ecosystem on
The Clean Water Act defines estuary differently
Chesapeake bay is the largest estuary in the US.
Estuaries are classified by their Geological Type
Chesapeake Bay is a drowned river valley because the glaciers melted into the ditch
created by the meteor.
The Chesapeake Bay is a Coastal Plain Estuary
drowned river valley
rising sea levels
Deltamouth of river
Bar Builtoceans, currents, barrier islands, sandbars
Fjordglaciers, long narrow valley with steep sides
Estuary Classification by Water Mixing
Salt Water is more dense than fresh water and therefore goes to the bottom
The Chesapeake Bay is a Slightly Stratified Estuary or Partially Mixed Estuary
The salt a