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Day 2: Teaching About Oceans and Coast (FIELDTRIP!)

I am currently taking down a delicious Vermonter – ham, apples, melted cheddar and dijon – at a restaurant called Pie In The Sky in Woods Hole. First, this town is adorable. (Is that insulting to native Woods-Holesians?) Second, this sandwich is great. Third, this field trip has been awesome.

First, we visited the main house of the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve…

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The Reserve protects Cape Cod’s estuaries, which are places where freshwater and saltwater meet. They’re interesting because they are “one of the most productive habitats in the world!” A few years ago I spent part of the summer in a place called Puerto San Carlos in Baja California Sur, Mexico. My memory of the mangrove forests and rocky coast intertidal zones are what prompted me to sign up for this field trip in the first place! Anyway, while I was familiar with estuaries, I did not know they are major carbon sinks! They take up and store more carbon than any other ecosystem – and unlike freshwater marshes (though I still don’t know why), they don’t release methane but rather take that in too! This ecosystem service – which we benefit from through their simple existence – is huge!

Anyway, lunch is over – gotta run!

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