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Chesapeake Bay Ecosystems

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Discover the dynamic nature of the estuarine environment through study of the interaction between basic physical, chemical and biological processes in the Chesapeake Bay. Explore biological and geochemical cycles and discuss the interaction between nutrients and overall productivity affecting the health of the Bay. Examine the effects of pollution and resources management and the processes that influence temperature and salinity distributions. Field trips: September 30 (Jug Bay) and October 28 (aboard research vessel). Students split the cost of the day-long boat ride, usually about $50. If minimum student enrollment is not reached by one week before the scheduled start date, the course may be canceled.This course is part of the Certificate of Accomplishment in Natural History FieldStudies.

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