Spring 2020

Discover Apalachicola Bay

Cover: Discover Apalachicola Bay



Discover Apalachicola Bay takes readers to the water's edge, where they will learn about the bay's atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. Apalachicola Bay is part of the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. The bay is surrounded by four islands, covers 208 square miles, and is one of the most biologically diverse areas of Florida. Its waters are home to many marine animal species, including the endangered West Indian manatee. Colorful maps, diagrams, and photos provide a close-up view of Apalachicola Bay. Book is aligned to curriculum standards and includes sidebar, activity, glossary, index, and additional resources.



  • Lexile® Measure: 810
  • Guided Reading Level: U

BISAC Subjects

Table of Contents

  • The Systems of Apalachicola Bay
  • The Apalachicola Bay Watershed
  • Plants and Animals of Apalachicola Bay
  • Impact on Plants From Estuariesand Tributaries
  • Humans and the Bay
  • Activity
  • Glossary
  • For More Information
  • Index


Booklist - Discover Apalachicola Bay

Off the northwest Florida coast, four islands form an estuary where fresh water from the Apalachicola River mixes with salt water from the Gulf of Mexico: Apalachicola Bay. The book describes the bay’s rich diversity of plants and animals, from seagrass beds to tupelo honey
trees, from flounder to loggerhead turtles and manatees. Threats to the region’s ecosystem include invasive species, pollution of the Apalachicola River, and lingering effects from the devastating Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Weber packs a good bit of introductory information into this accessible presentation. The color illustrations include a map, a diagram of the Apalachicola watershed, and many helpful photos of the area and its wildlife. With little children’s nonfiction available on American bays, the Learn about Earth’s Systems: Bays series (8 titles) will fill gaps in many collections.


Author: M. Weber


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