Maryland's Ecology and Environment

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1051 words
1051 words

Maryland is the 42nd largest state, making it one of the smaller states in America. It is

located in the South Atlantic region on the United States eastern seaboard. Prince George's is

one of twenty four counties in Maryland. It is also the geographic center of the state. Maryland

has a varied climate. The state is home to a variety of different ecosystems. This is also true of

Maryland’s environment, which has the Atlantic Ocean on the coast, mountains, and forest land.

My paper will focus on Prince George’s county and the state of Maryland. The size of the state

and how connected parts of Prince George’s county is to its neighboring counties and cities

makes it sensible to take a wider view of Maryland’s ecology and environment.

There are many fresh water ecosystems in Maryland. Many of these are found in Prince

George’s County. There are several streams and rivers in the county that feed into the

Chesapeake Bay. Many of these water ways developed after glaciers began to melt flooding

existing rivers and craving out new waterways. The Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries grew and

formed as the ice age ended. These rivers and streams are home to several species of fish. These

species include small and large mouth bass, catfish, bluegill sunfish, yellow and white perch,

carp, pumpkinseed sunfish, pickerel, and eel. Perch and sunfish are considered threatened or

endangered species. This is true of many creatures that live in fresh water dwellings. Forty –

one percent of Maryland’s fresh water fish are now listed as rare, threatened, or endangered. The

state of Maryland and Prince George’s county are trying to save and restore these fresh water

dwellings. The county along with the ...

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that since 1927, the commission has acquired over 13,300 acres of stream valley and river parks.
  • Explains that pigs, cattle, horses, and fowl were fenced out of house yards and ranged free.
  • Explains that 80 percent of the land was cleared of trees, resulting in a summary.
  • Explains that coastal woods and beaches support a variety of plant and animal life.
  • Opines that oceans and the chesapeake bay have been damaged by pollution.
  • Explains how the district of columbia and the federal government have worked to improve and save our coastal areas.
  • Explains the geography and geology of the chesapeake bay region.
  • Explains that crab, oyster, and fish populations in our waterways are declining due to overfishing.
  • Opines that we must realize we and our environment are interdependent. if we continue to abuse and destroy, the environment will be destroyed.
  • Explains that maryland is the 42nd largest state, making it one of the smaller states in america. it is located in the south atlantic region on the united states eastern seaboard.
  • Explains that their paper will focus on prince george's county and the state of maryland.
  • Explains that maryland has many fresh water ecosystems, including prince george's county, and several streams and rivers that feed into the county.
  • Explains that the chesapeake bay and its tributaries grew and formed as the ice age ended, and are home to several species of fish.
  • Opines that maryland and prince george's counties are trying to save and restore these fresh water fish.
  • Explains that european settlers cut down native forests at a high rate and the timber was sold in europe. environmental activists have been fighting for decades to preserve these endangered habitats for the animals.
  • Predicts sea level will rise at least twice as fast as it did during the 20th century, resulting in a 1-foot rise by 2050 and between 2-3 feet by 2100.
  • Believes maryland will fare better than parts of the world that lack the money and resources that are in this area when it comes to climate change.
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