Why do estuaries have so much wildlife?



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    Estuaries are a place where saltwater and freshwater meet, so it is a place that can sustain wildlife that thrives in freshwater, saltwater, or mixed water. The freshwater usually comes from streams, which are known to be full of nutrients, so that helps wildlife grow. 

    Estuaries are influenced by the tides, so you have wildlife that lives above water level, below water level, and in the tide zone. Reefs and barrier islands usually protect estuaries from storms and the full force of the ocean, and estuaries naturally filter the water so it is generally clean. Therefore they are pretty safe places for wildlife to thrive.

    Since there already is a lot of wildlife in estuary areas, people like to protect the wildlife, which then enables even more to grow without being impeded by man made setbacks.

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