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Estuary: Definition, Facts, Characteristics & Examples

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Where do estuaries occur?

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1. Which of the following is NOT a reason animals thrive in estuaries?

2. How do humans benefit from estuaries?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The body of water that forms where a river and ocean join together is called an estuary. This quiz/worksheet combination will test your understanding of the characteristics of estuaries, how humans benefit from estuaries and the factors that threaten the health of estuaries.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will assess your understanding of the following:

  • Where estuaries exist
  • How estuaries function in an ecosystem
  • How estuaries benefit humans and wildlife
  • Potential threats to the health of estuaries

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will test students on the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - describe the unique environment known as an estuary
  • Critical thinking - explain the role that human development plays in the health of estuaries
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding to explain how estuaries serve as an important ecosystem for wildlife
  • Making connections - access your knowledge to explain how estuaries benefit the environment

Additional Learning

To learn more about estuaries, review the accompanying lesson called 'Estuary: Definition, Facts, Characteristics & Examples.' This lesson addresses the following important objectives:

  • Define estuary and describe the characteristics of an estuary
  • Identify how humans and wildlife benefit from estuaries
  • Know the positive and negative impact that humans can have on estuaries
  • Understand how estuaries provide important services for the environment
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