Coastal ecosystems, are regions of remarkable biological productivity and high accessibility. This has made them centers of human activity for millennia. Coastal ecosystems provide a wide array of goods and services: they host the world’s primary ports of commerce; they are the primary producers of fish, shellfish, and seaweed for both human and animal consumption; and they are also a considerable source of fertilizer, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, household products, and construction materials. They also store and cycle nutrients, filter pollutants from inland freshwater systems, and help to protect shorelines from erosion and storms.
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Mangrove ecologyLast Updated on 2012-01-12 at 04:39
Mangrove ecology is the study of biotic interactions within mangrove swamp ecosystems. These habitats are significant not only for the biodiversity they represent, but also for... More »
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Epipelagic zoneLast Updated on 2011-12-05 at 05:51
The epipelagic zone, in oceanography, is the uppermost level of a sea, generally construed to be waters of lesser depth than 200 meters.
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America's Spill videoLast Updated on 2011-11-01 at 10:15Watch this video on the connection between our demand for oil and the gulf spill at America's Spill.
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Beach bermLast Updated on 2011-10-28 at 09:06The beach berm is the nearly horizontal portion of a beach on the backshore formed by the deposition of sediment by receding waves; the long linear axis of the beach berm is... More »