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Science Middle School

Changing Ecosystem Threatens Florida's Manatees

Manatees, the vegetarian aquatic mammals that inhabit the waters of Florida, depend on natural warm water springs to survive the winter. But as a consequence of greater development, those warm water sources have diminished over the years. So manatees have come to depend on the warm water discharge of power plants. But now, they face losing these man-made refuges as power plants strive to be more efficient and environmentally friendly.

Life Science Ecosystems Earth and Space Science Human Impacts Climate Change Weather and Climate

Story Length: 6:33

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Living on Earth

AIR DATE: 05/17/2002

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