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Manatee (n) ? An aquatic mammal found in tropical coastal waters.  

Mangrove (n) ? a tree that grow in saltwater along coasts in tropical climates.

Man-made (adj) ? made by people rather than nature.

Marine (adj) ? of or relating to the sea.

Marsh (n) ? a wetland that is mostly covered by grasses.

Melt (v) ? to change from a solid to a liquid, usually by heating the substance.

Meteorology (n) ? the science of the atmosphere, especially weather.

Mile (n) ? a unit of length that is equal to 5,280 feet.

Mineral (n) ? A naturally occurring, substance with a specific chemical composition and characteristic crystalline structure, color and hardness.

Mitigation (v) ? 1.) restoring, replacing, or creating ecological habitats (usu. wetlands) in one area to compensate for loss of natural habitats in another area due to development.

Molecule (n) ? the smallest particle of a compound that contains all the characteristics of the compound.

Motting (adj) ? marble-like pattern that occurs in soils where the water table fluctuates periodically.

Muck (n) ? sediment that comes from dying plants and animals.

Mulch (n) ? a layer of material (such as wood chips, straw and leaves) that is put around plants to hold in moisture and prevent weeds.