The Largest Estuary: Pamlico Sound
The importance of estuaries
First, what is an estuary? It is where both salt and freshwater meet. Without estuaries, habitat for tens of thousands of species will be lost, there would be no filter for sediments from rivers, flooding would be more a problem because estuaries serve as a buffer between land and ocean. Not to mention an estuary is like a nursery, a great breeding ground for many marine animals.
This is found on the edge of the water from the brackish water.
The Bullrushes are also found on the waters edge
Similar to Bullrushes and Cattails that are also found in the waters edge, the reeds in contrast are more firm.
Threats to the Estuary
Human activities called dredging have been making the shallow waters more deep affecting level of the water also, draining and filling the water. Excess nutrients and toxic substances are put into the water causing the water to be contaminated.
One of the largest estuary and three others on a positive impact of humans.
An image of the side view of all the plants at the water.
A Little More Knowledge
There is a difference as people are more aware of the fact that we need to take care of estuaries.
The Act of Protecting
Programs are getting more involved as well.