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Definition

Bay: a body of water that is partly enclosed by land with a wide mouth.  It is usually smaller than a gulf.

Hawaiian Translation: Hono


Example

Pelekane Bay

(Tons of sediment are carried into Pelekane Bay with storm flows like this one in 2003. Photo credit: Carolyn Stewart)

Pelekane Bay, Hawai‘i.
The Pelekane Bay is fed by streams from the Kohala Mountains. Because of the freshwater, this bay is an estuary. In the summer of 2009, the Pelekane Bay Restoration Project was awarded a large grant to help control the amount of soil that washes into the bay after a storm.  One of the ways that the project will do this is by planting native plants. They hope to restore the delicate balance of abiotic and biotic factors in this estuary. 

Morro Bay

Morro Bay in San Luis Obispo County, CA.
Morro Bay is 2300 acres of mud flats, eel-grass beds, tidal wetlands and open water.

 


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