Virginia Institute of Marine Science
VA Sea 2020 Lesson Plans
Grades: 9-12 Subjects: Biology | Environmental Science | Oceanography
Sediment classification and grain size can affect the types of organisms that live in the sediment. Some organisms prefer sandier sediment, while others love the fine-grained mud.
In this activity, students will classify sediment samples by grain size and plot their findings on a ternary plot. The students will then further investigate which benthic organisms live in the different sediments and which may be more resilient to a change in sediment classification.
Secondary Education, Lesson Plans, sediment studies, mud dwelling organisms
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The 2019/2020 VA SEA project was made possible through funding from the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Margaret Davidson Fellowship Program which supports graduate students in partnership with research reserves where fieldwork, research, and community engagement come together. VA SEA is currently supported by the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Virginia Sea Grant, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Marine Advisory Progra
Wright, C. (2020) What's In the Muck? Benthic Sediment Characterization and Community Structure. VA Sea 2020 Lesson Plans. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary. doi 10.25773/mfc5-0v93