Marine Environment Activity #2: Prime Real Estate for Phytoplankton
1. Phytoplankton — A Strong Base for an Ecosystem
Discuss their findings in class. Would they be willing to give phytoplankton a "Biodiversity of the Year" award? Explain.
2. The Waters of Glacier Bay
3. Biodiversity Award of the Year
Did You Know?
When Captain George Vancouver surveyed Southeast Alaska in 1794, the wall of ice that filled the bay was (at its greatest extent) 100 miles long, 20 miles wide, and 4,000 feet thick. Just 250 years later, this same ice has retreated 65 miles, the fastest glacial retreat on record.