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The Chesapeake Bay. By Team 4: Elizabeth, Jenna, Dominic, Anthony. The Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay is as almost as big as the state of Delaware. Now, that’s huge! Also the bay has 18 trillion gallons of water. How Is The Bay Like Your Ecosystem?.

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the chesapeake bay

The Chesapeake Bay

By Team 4: Elizabeth, Jenna, Dominic, Anthony

the chesapeake bay1
The Chesapeake Bay
  • The Chesapeake Bay is as almost as big as the state of Delaware. Now, that’s huge! Also the bay has 18 trillion gallons of water.
how is the bay like your ecosystem
How Is The Bay Like Your Ecosystem?
  • You have seen that what happens on land(as in your terrarium) can greatly affect what happens in water as in your aquarium.
  • It is covered in farms and factories.
what is a watershed
What is a Watershed?
  • A watershed is an area of land who’s waters all drain into the same place is a watershed.
  • You could think of your terrarium as the watershed for your aquarium.
  • The Chesapeake Bay’s watershed is huge.
it s all downhill
It’s all Downhill
  • Just imagine industrial waste pouring out of Baltimore’s factories.
  • With all this human- made pollution, no wonder the bay is in trouble.
too much pollutants
Too much pollutants
  • Too many nutrients from human sewage, cow manure and fertilizer are overloading the bay.
  • This causes algae blooms.
the importance of grass
The Importance Of Grass
  • The grass beds are essential to the bay’s health.
  • When nutrients wash in, the grasses take them in and use them to grow.
sediment kills
Sediment kills
  • Did you notice that when you watered your terrarium enough to cause a runoff, the runoff was the cloudy?
  • That’s because it contained not only water but also tiny bits of soil, called sediment.
oysters nature s filters
Oysters: Nature’s Filters
  • Oysters serve as natural filters, helping keep the water clear.
  • To trap it’s food, microscopic algae, an oyster pumps in the water-up to two gallons per hour!
go fish
Go Fish!
  • Many different kinds of fish live in or visit the Chesapeake bay for part of the year.
  • Some have unusual names, like cownose ray or hogchoker.
blue crabs the last great catch
Blue Crabs: The last great catch
  • The Chesapeake Bay still produces about half of the nation’s blue crab harvest.
  • They are the last great catch in the bay.
searching for solutions
Searching for solutions
  • If the animals in your ecocolumns had been threatened by pollution, the solution would have been simple.
  • Just move them into a safe place.