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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

ABC Wednesday: E is for Estuary

E is for estuary. Estuaries are places where fresh water mixes with salt water.

For the purpose of this post I'll be discussing the Cape Fear Estuary near Wilmington, NC.
All of the photographs in this post were taken at the tidal freshwater end of the Cape Fear Estuary in Wilmington.
The brackish end of the Cape Fear River Estuary is near Fort Fisher where it opens into the Atlantic Ocean.
I have been to Fort Fisher many times but unfortunately that was before I had switched to digital cameras so the shots I have handy are all at the tidal freshwater end of this particular estuary. My digital ocean shots are all from another NC beach which is north of the estuary I'm discussing in this post.
The Cape Fear River Estuary drains broad areas of coastal plain and has a significant tidal effect, according to Dr. Michael A. Mallin (UNC at Wilmington).
Tidal freshwater marshes are found at the upper part of estuaries which is where these photos were taken.
Estuaries are some of the most important ecosystems in the world. To read more about the cape fear and other estuaries you can click here where I got most of my information. You can also click here for Dr. Mallin's article about the ecology of the cape fear river estuary. Below is a bridge over the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, NC.
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Gigi Ann said...

What lovely pictures of the Estuary, and the information was interesting also.

Leslie: said...

This is a great post about areas that are so essential to the ecosystems! Great job!

abcw team

photowannabe said...

Nice shots and good information. I like how you captured the brackish water mixing.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic shots and information, Carver, I learned something new today!!
E is for essential

Roger Owen Green said...

especially excellent word! essential info.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Sylvia K said...

Great post, terrific captures, great information and what gorgeous skies! You really got it all today, Carver! I love it! Have a beautiful day!


sush said...

informative. gr8 post for me today.
catch me back on

Nanka said...

Interesting post and the bridge looks very imposing!!

Berowne said...

Good "E" Day post -- estuary much.

Wanda said...

Beautiful pictures, and learned a new word. Thanks.

Hildred said...

Great pictures and found the information about estuaries to be so interesting.

Chubskulit Rose said...

I learned something new and thanks to you! Lovely photos.

Epcot's Spaceship Earth, please come and see.

Meryl said...

BEautiful shots. Esutaries are so cool!

Maude Lynn said...

That's really interesting. Fabulous pictures, too.

Tumblewords: said...

Superb photos - the sky and estuary shots are excellent!

Nicole said...

It never really occurred to me that those places have a name and purpose :0
I bet you the wildlife there is great!
Lovely shots and interesting post!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I like this post a lot -- estuaries are great places to walk and take pictures and you have some nice ones. I am liking this alphabet meme more and more.

Shooting Parrots said...

Very informative. The bridge looks impressive. Does it raise to allow boats through? It look like it from the structure at one end.

Hazel said...

There's a word for estuary in my local dialect. It's right at the tip of my tongue. But well, I enjoyed the photos. Like always.

Indrani said...

Wow! Informative!
Great post.

{krista} said...

What a beautiful place and I even learned something today. Thanks!

Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio said...

Hawaii has its share of estuarys too, but none of them are of the scale that these are!

Cildemer said...

A great entry for E day with wonderful shots!
Thanks for sharing, Carver;o)

¤ Happy day ¤

Steffi said...

Very beautiful photos for SWF and a very interesting post!Thank you for sharing and have a nice weekend!


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