Estuaries

Arella J

General Description

An estuary is where the river (freshwater) and the ocean (saltwater) meet into a lowland such as the bay or the channel and it is located along the coasts. Sometimes particles and sediments that are brought by the river gets stuck at the mouth of the river creating a triangular shape, called delta.

Types Of Animals

. worms

. eels

. salmon

. mussels

. killdeers

. amphipod

. great blue herons

. sea trout


Types Of Plants

. eelgrass

. sedges

. dune grass

. salt grass

. Mangrove

Annual Rainfall

In an estuary, the annual rainfall varies depending on where they are located. An estuary located in the west coast may get 52 centimeters of rain per year while an estuary in the west may get probably half because it does not rain as much compare to west coast.

Average Yearly Temperature

The average yearly temperature of an estuary also varies on where they are located on the map. For example an estuary in San Francisco Bay is cooler whereas the estuary in Chesapeake Bay is colder in the winter.

Soil Type

The soil type in an estuary is muddy, silty, and has lots of debris and sediments carried by the water.

Amount Of Sunlight

The amount of sunlight in an estuary is not consistent because there are located in different places that has different range of sunlight.


Geographical Location

Estuaries can have different latitude and longitude based on their location on the map. An example of an estuary is the Chesapeake Bay, VA which is on 38 35 N latitude and 76 25 W longitude.



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Interesting Fact!

One of the largest estuary in the U.S. is the Saint Lawrence River!