ERIC Number: ED247110
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Chesapeake Bay: Introduction to an Ecosystem.
Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.; Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.
The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the contiguous United States. The Bay and its tidal tributaries make up the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. This document, which focuses of various aspects of this ecosystem, is divided into four major parts. The first part traces the geologic history of the Bay, describes the overall physical structure of the Bay proper, and covers important aspects of the entire watershed. The second part reviews the estuarine processes, describes characteristics and chemical properties of the Bay waters, and examines the composition and distribution of sediments. The third part examines major plant and animal populations living within the Bay itself, the communities in which they reside, and the ways in which they interact. The fourth part explains the production of carbon dioxide by plants and how organisms use carbon dioxide and other nutrients to make food. In addition, it explains how organic carbon used by plants is distributed through the various trophic levels. The future of the Bay is also briefly considered. Together, these parts are designed to provide an appreciation for the interactions between the land, water, and living creatures of the Chesapeake Bay. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.; Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.