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Georgia Aquarium

We take a trip beyond the sea ... to downtown Atlanta and a visit to the Georgia Aquarium. From scuba divers to media specialists to aquarists, we meet everyone who maintains and supports this incredible environment—it takes 600 employees and 2,000 volunteers! And the good news is that you don’t have to work at the Georgia Aquarium to swim here. Anybody can dive in, as you’ll learn in this episode.

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    1. Why is salinity and pH important to aquarium employees? Why can't the aquarium employees just use tap or hose water to fill up the tanks?

    2. Why would the same tank hold whale sharks, stingrays, groupers, and other kinds of ocean life?



    Water Quality: measure of the suitability of water for a particular use

    Immersion: the act of putting someone or something completely in a liquid or the state of being completely in a liquid

    Dorsal: a flat thin part on the back of some fish (such as sharks)

    Veterinarian: a person who is trained to give medical care and treatment to animals : an animal doctor

    Aquaculture: the farming of fish and other seafood

    Gradient: a place where the ground slopes up or down

    Salinity: a mixture of salt and water

    Osmoregulation: processes that an organism uses to maintain water balance

    Osmosis: the process that causes a liquid (especially water) to pass through the wall of a living cell

    Nitrogen Cycle: circulation of nitrogen in various forms through nature

Special Thanks

Stephanie Johnson, Mayela Alsina, Paul Eleazer, Sophie Gaze, Maureen Flaherty, Cynthia Marrero, Barrett Rhoades, Amy Rollinson

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