Reef Life

New research shows oyster reefs grow at a rate that would out-pace projected sea level rise, offering a new way to protect shorelines from erosion as well as create fish habitat, clean the water, and provide tasty treats for people to eat.

NGSS Performance Expectation: Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why is sea level rising?
  2. How do oysters prevent damage from rising sea level?
  3. What is the 'Goldilocks' condition for oyster reefs?
  4. What do oysters eat?
  5. How fast do oysters grow?
  6. Should governments pay people to restore oyster reefs?



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