Tag: Ecosystems

Natural History / Natural History - 8 years ago

What is ecosystem science?

Within any given area, living and nonliving interact with each other. Together, these things form an ecosystem. Because all of the elements within an ecosystem are interrelated, these systems can be quite complex. All ecosystems must maintain a d...

Natural History / Natural History - 9 years ago

What is a hydrothermal vent?

A venting black smoker emits jets of particle-laden fluids. The particles are predominantly very fine-grained sulfide minerals formed when the hot hydrothermal fluids mix with near-freezing seawater. These minerals solidify as they cool, forming...

Natural History / Natural History - 9 years ago

What is coastal zone management?

At the core of the Coastal Zone Management Act are two programs: the National Coastal Zone Management Program and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). The NERRS is a network of 28 protected areas, including the San Francisco Ba...