Estuaries is the place where the river meets the ocean. There is a very diverse flora and fauna, thanks to this combination of fresh and salty water!

Estuaries can be found in all zones of the earth, but they can be called different names depending on its geographical location.

Dominant Vegetation

There is a fair amount of vegetation in estuaries but the most common include:
  • Smooth cordgrass

  • Seagrass

  • Spike grass

  • Purple loosestrife

  • sea lavender

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Abiotic Factors that affects estuaries

  • Air and water temperature

  • Water depth

  • Salinity

  • Dissolved oxygen

  • Turbidity

  • pH level

  • Nutrients

  • Tides

Organisms that have adapted to Estuaries

  • Oysters

  • Zebra mussels

  • Seahorse

  • Yellow perch

  • Hogchoker

  • American shad

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What's An Estuary? Now You Know.