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NOAA is working to make sure people know their estuaries.
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Polluters may not want you to know: Estuaries, those overlooked, unglamorous, dynamic worlds of swampland, water and plant and animal life, are sensitive indicators of environmental health—and degradation.

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Photo courtesy NOAA

But how much do kids know about these geographical features? Can these complete against space, wild animals and other, more flashy areas of science?

NOAA is working to make sure people know their estuaries, handing teachers a stack of tools on a special Website,

The site has plenty of resources for educators at various levels—lesson plans, scientific data and videos with animals, computer graphics and spectacular footage of the estuaries themselves. It has games and interactive features, slideshows to show changing tides, and other special features. And it’s steadily adding more content.

It’s even been a forum for live educational broadcasts. So now, even schoolchildren in Phoenix can see what water looks like.

The site is just one example of the NOAA Ocean Service Education effort.

And for making such useful and captivating video, is the Government Video Website of the Week!

See last week’s Government Video Website of the Week—Library of Congress’ American Memory—here.

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