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Basic Science Concepts

Estuary study, like all science study, involves a handful of basic science concepts, such as:

Matter is made of atoms, which can join together to form molecules:

Energy exists in various forms, which can be transformed into one another:

  • motion
  • heat (a type of motion—the jiggling of atoms and molecules)
  • light (and other related radiation—radio waves, microwaves, and also X-rays,...)
  • chemical (stored in fuels, batteries, food)
  • many other kinds...

Estuary waters illustrate interesting physical, chemical, and ecological ideas:

Living things are made of atoms and molecules, and use energy.

Plants and animals help each other—each provides what the other needs—great teamwork!