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Barrier Islands and the River of Sand


Beginning well above Long Island -- at Plum Island, Massachusetts -- and extending all the way down the East Coast, around the Florida peninsula, and along the Gulf of Mexico to the Mexican border, lies the longest chain of barrier islands in the world.


The Atlantic Coast owes its wildlife diversity in great part to these barrier islands.  Between them and the mainland lie the lagoons, back bays, tidal flats, and salt- and fresh-water marshes that serve as breeding, nesting, migrating, and wintering habitat for birds; as spawning grounds and nurseries for fish and invertebrates.


The DVD explores these diverse habitats and the life that exists within them.

 

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