The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Estuarine Research Reserve System provides an extensive Web site for teaching and learning about estuaries, which are coastal bodies of water where freshwater and salt water mix (such as Virginia’s most famous estuary, the Chesapeake Bay). In June 2012, NOAA and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced the addition of the “Estuaries 101” middle school curriculum of information and activities, to accompany the existing high school curriculum. A news release on the middle school curriculum resource is available at http://estuaries.noaa.gov/News/Default.aspx?id=396, and the main “Estuary Education” Web site is http://estuaries.noaa.gov/. Be sure to see the gallery of dozens of videos on various estuary topics!
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