Lesson 11: Bays and Estuaries


Lesson 11: Bays and Estuaries

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Lesson 11: Bays and Estuaries

Lesson 11.0: Bays and Estuaries Summary Overview

Lesson 11.1: Bays and Estuaries Introduction

Lesson 11.2: Texas Bays and Estuaries

Lesson 11.3: Freshwater Inflow

Lesson 11.4: Life in Bays and Estuaries

Lesson 11.5: Adaptations in Bays and Estuaries

Lesson 11.6: Migratory Wildlife in Bays and Estuaries

Lesson 11.7: Uses of Bays and Estuaries

Lesson 11.D: Definitions


Texas bays and estuaries provide vital ecosystems and nursery habitat for many important Gulf species, feeding and resting places for migrating birds, and billions of dollars to the Texas economy.


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Water Resource Management

Learning Objectives

Bays and Estuaries is the Aquatic Science STEM curriculum Lesson 11 that includes relevant science topics in 9 videos: How do bays differ from estuaries? How are they similar? Why is freshwater inflow important in bays and estuaries? What is a hypersaline bay? What kind of plants are there in coastal wetlands? Compare the adaptations of the spotted sea trout and the red drum. How do these adaptions effect their life in bays and estuaries? What causes tides? Why is there a high and low tide? How does this changing flow of water affect aquatic life in bays and estuaries? Why is the Gulf coast important to a bird that nests in Canada or Venezuela? What are some of the economic impacts of bays and estuaries. Has your life been affected by bays and estuaries? How can you help maintain healthy coastal ecosystems?

About This Project

Aquatic Science Lessons with Dr. Rudy Rosen is an on-line video curriculum arranged into 13 lessons. Each lesson covers a major subject area and is broken down into short sub-topic video presentations. These short videos covering important aquatic science topics can be used in teaching instruction or for self-education. A comprehensive teaching guide and enhancements can be downloaded FREE here.The teaching textbook is published by the Texas A&M University Press and can be obtained here.

Lesson 11: Bays and Estuaries