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Estuarine Science: Water Properties DLESE Reviewed Collection
Estuaries have physical traits, and scientists use a variety of measurements such as water depth, salinity, and current speed to describe an estuary. This site describes the various measurements that make up the physical properties of an estuary, using Narragansett Bay as an example. Specific sections of this site focus on water chemistry (temperature, salinity, oxygen, chlorophyll a, and pH), circulation (tides, currents, density fresh water input and flushing rates), and seasonal and daily cycles (yearly cycles, daily cycles, and tidal cycles).
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Hydrology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Chemical oceanography
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2001, University of Rhode Island.
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-244
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Systems, order, and organization
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Systems, order, and organization
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Geochemical cycles
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Physical systems:
      • The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth's surface
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Office of Marine Programs


Contact: Ms Gail Scowcroft
Office of Marine Programs