Chapter 10 - Miscellaneous Topics



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Miscellaneous information of use or interest to kayakers



The following topics didn't fit in any of the other categories, but are often of interest to those who are out on the waters in a kayak. Most topics are specific to the Chesapeake Bay region.

01 - Chesapeake Bay Foundation Annual Report

Yearly assessment of the state of the Chesapeake Bay - The 2008 rating is 28 out of 100

02 - Natural Communities of the Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay contains multiple distinct natural communities. These communities are defined by the interplay of light, nutirients and the mixing of salt from the oceans and fresh water from the rivers.

04 - Aquatic Plants of the Chesapeake Bay

Common Aquatic Plants in Chesapeake Bay

05 - Algae in Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay is subject to algae bloom from early to late summer. All are harmful to aquatic life in some manner. some have been linked to harmful effects in humans as well. Covered are four types of algae that are not known to cause disease in humans - Mahogany Tide - Brown Tide - Chattonella verruculosa - Blue-green algae

Casseopea - Upside Down Jellyfish

I ran into these little critters on a day paddle in Coupon Bight in the Florida Keys. Fascinating little creatures of widely varying shapes and colors were all over the bottom of this protected mangrove bay.

Everglades Ecosystems

The Everglades is a low, flat plain shaped by the action of water and weather.Though Everglades National Park is often characterized as a water marsh, several very distinct habitats exist within its boundaries.

Horseshoe Crab - Living Fossil - Champion Survivor

They are older than dinosaurs. They are older than bugs. They are older than land plants. They have been on this earth 200 times longer than we have. More horseshoe crabs are found on the beaches of Delaware than anywhere else in the world. Find out about our oldest neighbors.

Kelp

We don't have it here in the Chesapeake. But along the rocky shores of the oceans in cold water environments, it's everywhere. Bull kelp and giant kelp ring the surf zone from California to Alaska and from Maine to Newfoundland.

Lightning - Danger and Beauty

New maps from orbiting sensors that can detect flashes of lightning even during the daytime reveal where on Earth the powerful bolts will most likely strike.

Mangroves - the roots of the ocean

Mangroves are the rainforests by the sea. Naturally resilient, they have withstood severe storms and changing tides for many millennia, but they are now being devastated by modern encroachments, becoming one of the most threatened habitats in the world.

Resurgin' Sturgeon?

Dinosaur-era fish seen again in the Chesapeake? A 170 pound female sturgeon captured in the Chesapeake bolsters hope for this endangered fish.

Sea Nettles and Jellyfish

Globular creatures appear each summer, driving everyone from the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. These pulsing gelatinous disks trail long stringers that are used to capture and immobilize its prey. But the stingers that deliver lethal injections to small prey also cause mild to severe skin irritation to those bold or foolish enough to enter the water when these strange creatures bloom.






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