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Coasts, Beaches, and Estuaries

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How has the increase in population at shore environments affected the marine coastal ecosystems?
Under the heading, "Science, Service, and Stewardship," select the "Coasts" icon. Then, under the "Hot Topics" heading, select "Marine Protected Areas." Next, go to "What is a Marine Protected Area (MPA)." Define an MPA and list five. Why is each a unique environment? Why must each be protected?
Click on the link for "Estuaries" at the NOAA Coastal Resource and Policy Issues webpage. What is an estuary? What is the function of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System?

Now go back the NOAA Coastal Resource and Policy issues web page using your browser's back button. Select the "Sustainable Coastal Communities" link. Describe in your own words the key points of the coastal Zone Management Act of 1972. Explain how one of the examples described on the web page meets these objectives.