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AMS SOL 6.7 and 6.9

TermDefinition
tributary a stream or river that supplies water to a larger body of water
River system the main river and its tributaries
watershed the land area that supplies water to a river
divide a ridge of land that seperates the direction that water flows
Continental Divide Rocky Mountains
estuary a partially enclosed body of water where fresh water mixes with salty ocean water
brackish a mixture of salt and fresh water
salinity the amount of salt in the water
wetland a habitat that is covered in water most of the time
swamp type of wetland with tall twisted trees
marsh type of wetland with reeds and grasses
bog type of wetland with thick peat
habitat the place where a plant or animal lives
largest watershed in USA Mississippi River
largest estuary in USA Chesapeake Bay
point source pollution comes from a particular location such as a factory or pipe
nonpoint source pollution comes from mulitple sources like farms and roads
dangers to wetlands and estuaries pollution and construction
Virginia rivers that lead to the Chesapeake Bay Potomac, Rappahannock, York, James
Where do rivers in the western part of Virginia lead? to the Ohio River which connects to the Mississippi river
Virginia Rivers that lead to the Albemarle Sound Roanoke and Chowan
Watersheds on the Eastern Shore of Virginia Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean
types of estuaries bay, lagoon, harbor, sound, inlet
jobs of estuaries recreation, habitat for aquatic organisms, source of food, nursery for young animals
jobs of wetlands filter water, protect land from flooding, habitat for birds
nutrient pollution causes algae to grow which blocks sunlight and lowers oxygen levels under water so organisms die
examples of point source pollution oil spills, sewage dumped into a river
examples of nonpoint source pollution runoff from farms and streets, erosion
river fresh water that begins in the mountains, flows downhill, and ends in the ocean
natural resource anything naturally occurring in the environment that humans use
conservation the practice of using less of a resource so it can last longer
sustainable can be harvested regularly without reducing the future supply
recycling the process of reclaiming and reusing raw materials
biodegradable capable of being broken down by bacteria and other decomposers
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