Maryland Ecology Similar to its neighbors in the mid-Atlantic region, Maryland is home to several types of ecosystems, with an ecology that varies from coastal plain to Appalachian plateau, forest to swamp, urban to farmland. Despite its compact size, the state of Maryland manages to pack a plethora of diversity into its 12,407 square miles (NetState, 2011). Chesapeake Bay is the defining geographic feature that contributes to Maryland’s diverse ecological zones and is the reason that nearly half the state is geographically described as Atlantic Coastal Plain (NetState, 2011). Maryland’s delicate coastal ecosystem includes beaches, wetlands, coastal hardwood forests and estuarine environments. The rapid development and expansion of the...The end:
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