Presentation on theme: "TRAVIS BIELY The Stellwagen Bank. What it is Park of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Massachusetts Bay and the Gulf of Maine 842 square."— Presentation transcript:
What it is Park of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Massachusetts Bay and the Gulf of Maine 842 square miles Includes the Tillie's bank Sandy plateau Depth 65- 600 feet http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/pgallery/atlasmaps/sb.html
Founder Henry Stellwagen Lieutenant Commander of the US Navy Also sampled the type of soil it was made of Finished mapping in 1854 http://stellwagen.noaa.gov/about/discovery.html
History Above sea level during the Ice age Submerged as the ice melted Colonists traverse waters to get to land After settling, fishing and whaling starts 12 th National Marine Sanctuary First proposal in 1982
Uses of Stellwagen Bank Commercial Fishing Whaling(for food/ other products) No longer active Recreational fishing Whaling(site seeing) Sea traffic influence test site. http://www.boston.com/travel/explorene/galleries/10thingsnottomissmay?pg=5
Biodiversity Ocean currents rise and deposit nutrients Allows phytoplankton to thrive Sunken Ships provide habbitat Roughly 50 ships lay within the sanctuary Over 500 species of marine life Shellfish, birds, mammals, fish, turtles
References Stellwagen Alive http://www.stellwagenalive.org/stellwagen_history.php National Marine Sanctuaries http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/pgallery/pgstellwagen/pgstellwagen.ht ml http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/pgallery/pgstellwagen/pgstellwagen.ht ml The Encyclopedia of Earth http://www.eoearth.org/article/Stellwagen_Bank_National_Marine _Sanctuary http://www.eoearth.org/article/Stellwagen_Bank_National_Marine _Sanctuary Pictures on slide 5 http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-whale- watching.html#.UWV4TTCl7gc http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-whale- watching.html#.UWV4TTCl7gc http://www.neseabirds.com/Birdsstormpetrelleach.htm
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