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  1. Underwater Grasses in Chesapeake Bay & Mid-Atlantic Coastal Waters: Guide to Identifying Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
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  2. Underwater Grasses in Chesapeake Bay & Mid-Atlantic Coastal Waters: Guide to Identifying Submerged Aquatic Vegetation

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    Customer Ratings (3 reviews)
    Price R822.00

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Underwater grasses, or submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), play a key role in the ecology of coastal waters, and especially in the Chesapeake Bay the nation's largest estuary. These underwater grasses provide habitat for blue crabs and fish, and food for waterfowl. They help to keep waters clear and offer shelter and living space for many aquatic species. Over the past several decades, clouded waters a result of too many nutrients and too much sediment have blocked sunlight and smothered many SAV beds. Efforts are currently underway to help map, study, and reestablish SAV in the Chesapeake and other coastal waters. To help citizen volunteers, students, and others interested in learning more about these plants, Maryland Sea Grant has produced a new guide to underwater grasses in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Chesapeake Bay Office, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Underwater Grasses in Chesapeake Bay & the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Waters features color photographs, line drawings and helpful descriptions of 16 of the most common SAV species, along with other aquatic species you might see. The spiral-bound book is water resistant and printed on heavy stock. The guide also includes ways to distinguish between similar plants, as well as additional information about floating aquatic vegetation and algae, including algal blooms that can impact water quality. Charts and maps detail the salinity range of each SAV species, including expected salinity ranges in Chesapeake Bay during wet and dry years. Especially useful is an identification key with details about leaves, stems, and other characteristics to help the user identify the plant in hand.


University of Maryland Sea Grant Publications
University of Maryland Sea Grant Publications
University of Maryland Sea Grant Publications
University of Maryland Sea Grant Publications
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

As the previous reviewer stated, this may be ordered through the Maryland Sea Grant College. It has been on many a boat excursion doing submerged aquatic vegetation surveys with my agency, and survived handily. The table of contents lists species by common and latin names, and follows with an alphabetical listing by common name. Includes a short introduction, guide to distribution and salinity, identification key, species which may be confused with each other, and some floating aquatics and algal species. Also a great guide for citizen-scientists monitoring the health of their neighboring waters.
I needed a SAV guide for the Northern Gulf of Mexico, but there isn't one, so I thought I'd make do with this. It's fantastic, I just wish it was a little more durable for use in the field. The pages are glossy, but I need something more protective, laminated would be best. Besides me being rough on my books, it's awesome.
This is a very useful guide, with color photographs and concise information. It is not out of print. It's available online from Maryland Sea Grant. It has a waterproof cover and a spiral binding that make it perfect for use in the field.
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