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Students from Segundo Ruiz Belvis High School Learn About Various Marine and Coastal Ecosystems at Playita Rosada

October 24, 2018

On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, students from Segundo Ruiz Belvis High School in Hormigueros, along with their teacher, Mrs. Ángela del Toro, visited Playita Rosada in Lajas, Puerto Rico. During their visit, the students rotated through several stations covering the following topics: mangroves, sand composition, marine invertebrates, meteorology, and lionfish. The students studied different types of sand and determined the composition of each after observing the grains through a field microscope. They also took meteorological measurements and made their weather forecast. On the other hand, they toured the mangrove areas to learn about the four types of mangrove trees in Puerto Rico and their characteristics. At this station, they created a sample of mangrove leaves so they can recognize each of these trees by their leaves. They observed the order in which they grow from the water to the land and recognized the importance of this ecosystem for the coast of our archipelago. Furthermore, a station that is very attractive to students is the marine invertebrates station. During the field trip, they could observe and touch various organisms and learn about the fundamental function they have in the ecosystem where they live. Finally, they learned about the lionfish, a fish that has invaded our waters and is causing serious problems to the organisms and ecosystems where it lives. The students were very interested in learning about all the topics presented and were very happy to be able to study in a different way, in the natural environment. We wish them much success and encourage them to continue moving forward!

By Delmis del C. Alicea Segarra, EdD

Photos by Efra Figueroa

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October 24, 2018
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Autorizado por la Comisión Estatal de Elecciones CEE-SA-16-893

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