The Essential Rhythm 9/10/23: Where Fresh Water Meets the Sea

Producer/Host: Sarah O’Malley

This episode answers listeners’ questions about estuaries, the zone in a river where it meets the sea. The influence of tidal flows and differing densities of water are discussed relative to the mixing of fresh and salt water. Organisms that can live in the wide range of salinities typically found in estuaries are briefly discussed. 

About the host:
Sarah O’Malley is an ecologist, naturalist and science communicator passionate about deepening her listeners’ experiences with the natural world. She teaches biology and sustainability at Maine Maritime Academy and is currently collaborating on a guide book to the intertidal zone in the Gulf of Maine.