Tag: Ecosystems

Natural History / Natural History - 2 years ago

What is a maritime forest?

These stumps are evidence that trees once grew here, but due to a constantly changing shoreline, they are now mostly submerged in the ocean. Maritime forests are shoreline estuaries that grow along coastal barrier islands that support a great...

Natural History / Natural History - 3 years ago

What is a Portuguese Man o’ War?

The Portuguese man o’ war is recognized by its balloon-like float, which may be blue, violet, or pink and rises up to six inches above the water line. Image credit: Elizabeth Condon, National Science Foundation The Portuguese man o’ war, (Phys...

Natural History / Natural History - 3 years ago

What is a wetland?

VIDEO: What is a wetland? Here's what you need to know in less than a minute. Transcript There are many different kinds of wetlands and many ways to categorize them. NOAA classifies wetlands into five general types: marine (ocean), estuarine...

Natural History / Natural History - 3 years ago

What is HAZMAT?

In January 2010, a crude oil tanker (T/V Eagle Otome) and a barge collided in Port Arthur, Texas. Oil spilled during this incident is an example of hazardous material, or HAZMAT. Under the National Contingency Plan, NOAA provides scientific suppo...

Natural History / Natural History - 3 years ago

What is a marsh organ?

An installed marsh organ at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve in the Florida Panhandle. A NOS-sponsored project in the Gulf of Mexico employs the marsh organ to mimic sea level rise impacts on marsh vegetation and inform foreca...

Natural History / Natural History - 3 years ago

What is spat?

Once oyster larvae attach to a surface, such as other oyster shells, they are known as spat (shown in inset image). As generation after generation of spat grow into adult oysters, they form dense clusters known as oyster reefs or beds. Oysters...

Natural History / Natural History - 3 years ago

What is blue carbon?

Yes, this is an image of a mangrove, but did you know it is also an image of a sink? A carbon sink. Don’t know what that is? Read below. Something that has a significant effect on our daily lives and is stored within the largest system of wate...

Natural History / Natural History - 4 years ago

What is a whale fall?

A whale fall community, including bacteria mats, clams in the sediments, crabs, worms, and a variety of other invertebrates. The 35-ton gray whale carcass originally settled on the seafloor at 1,674 meters depth in 1998. This photo was taken six...

Natural History / Natural History - 4 years ago

What are PBDEs?

As part of NOAA's Mussel Watch Program, PBDEs are one of 150 different contaminants that are continually monitored by periodically sampling bivalves and sediment at 300 coastal sites around the nation. PBDEs are found in a variety of consumer...

Natural History / Natural History - 4 years ago

What is an anchialine pool?

 Anchialine pools form some of the longest submerged caves structures on Earth. (Image courtesy of National Science Foundation) The word “anchialine” (AN-key-ah-lin) comes from a Greek word meaning “near the sea." These typically small pools,...

Natural History / Natural History - 4 years ago

What is an artificial reef?

Can you spot the sunken ship? In June 2002, the retired USS Spiegel Grove  was sunk in waters off Key Largo. At 510 feet (155.45 meters) long, the ship was, at the time, the largest vessel ever intentionally scuttled for the purpose of creating an...

Natural History / Natural History - 4 years ago

What is a slough?

South Slough is a 4,771-acre National Estuarine Research Reserve located on Coos Bay Estuary in Oregon (Image credit: South Slough NERR). A slough is typically used to describe wetlands. Sloughs along the edges of rivers form where the old cha...