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Aquatic Plants
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     challenging words:    billion-dollar, hydrilla, undisturbed, aquaculture, broiled, hobbyists, invasive, alga, wildfire, plant-like, nuisance, industry, knowing, various, maintain, resort
     content words:    United States


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Aquatic Plants
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Aquatic plants are plants that live in the water. Tiny green duckweed growing in lakes and pretty pink water lilies floating on a pond are aquatic plants. The tiny plants that you buy to put in your fish tank are aquatic plants.
 
2     One way to organize, or classify, these water plants is to divide them into two groups -- freshwater plants and marine plants. Freshwater plants live in streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes. Marine plants live in the saltwater environments of oceans and seas.
 
3     People interact with aquatic plants in many ways. Aquatic farmers raise them for food. Hobbyists raise aquatic plants for fun. Environmentalists try to protect all of the species of aquatic plants from becoming extinct. People in charge of caring for waterways try to keep one species of aquatic plant from taking over.
 
4     Although seaweed has many plant-like features, it is not a plant but alga (plural: algae). Seaweed is important because it grows in oceans, seas, and freshwater areas all over the world. Seaweed can be red, green, or brown. Red seaweed and brown seaweed are usually found in marine environments. Green seaweed often grows in fresh water. Seaweed is used for food for people, food for animals, and fertilizers. There are seaweed extracts in many everyday foods, including ice cream. The seaweed in ice cream is pretty well disguised, but in other dishes, people enjoy eating seaweed "as is." The Japanese red seaweed called nori is considered a delicacy. People enjoy it broiled and then served with soy sauce over rice. Nori is a big industry in Japan. Every year, the aquaculture industry there does a one billion-dollar business in nori. Can you figure out what the word "aquaculture" means?
 
5     Rice is an aquatic plant that is grown as a food crop. In fact, it is one of the most important crops worldwide.

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