Basic Science Concepts
Estuary study, like all science study, involves a handful of basic science concepts, such as:
- Matter is made of atoms, which can join together to form molecules
- Energy exists in various forms, which can be transformed into one another:
- heat (a type of motion - the jiggling of atoms and molecules)
- light (and other related radiation - radio waves, microwaves, x-rays,...)
- chemical (stored in fuels, batteries, food)
- many other kinds...
- Estuary waters illustrate interesting physical, chemical, and ecological ideas:
- Living things are made of atoms and molecules, and use energy
- PHOTOSYNTHESIS captures energy from the Sun and stores it in CARBOHYDRATES
- RESPIRATION releases energy from carbohydrates (fuel) by burning it with oxygen
- plants and animals help each other - each provides what the other needs - great teamwork!