Tag: Places

Natural History / Natural History - 9 years ago

What is a mangrove forest?

Mangrove forest in Loxahatchee, Florida. There are about 80 different species of mangrove trees. All of these trees grow in areas with low-oxygen soil, where slow-moving waters allow fine sediments to accumulate. Mangrove forests only grow at...

Natural History / Natural History - 9 years ago

Is change important to estuaries?

Estuaries experience change many times a day due to tides. Shown here: Located at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Islands on the gulf coast of Florida, the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining u...

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...

Natural History / Natural History - 9 years ago

Do volcanoes occur in the ocean?

ROV Jason gets a close view of magma explosions and lava flows on West Mata volcano. Volcanic eruptions occur only in certain places and do not occur randomly. This is because the Earth’s crust is broken into a series of slabs known as tectoni...

Natural History / Natural History - 9 years ago

Where is the highest tide?

The highest tides in the world can be found in Canada's Bay of Fundy. Shown here: Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick, located in the Bay. Image credit: New Brunswick Department of Tourism and Parks (Canada). The highest tides in the world can be fo...

Natural History / Natural History - 9 years ago

What is a marine protected area?

The majority of marine protected areas in the United States are multiple-use sites, meaning fishing, boating, surfing, diving, and other recreational activities are allowed. Marine protected areas (MPAs) in the U.S. come in a variety of forms...