Salt Marsh Ecology. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bride-Brook-Salt-Marsh-s.jpg. Salt Marshes: Where land and sea meet. A salt marsh is a unique environment where salt water meets the sea. What is a marsh?.
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Exposure to salt water
Land plant in fresh water
Land plant in salt water
Smooth cordgrass, Spartina alterniflora
Spartina patens (salt marsh hay)
Spartina alterniflora (smooth cord grass) is always found closer to water than Spartina patens (salt marsh hay); this is known as zonation
As the earth spins, it moves into and out of the bulge created by the gravitation pull of the moon
You can see the water line, where the water usually comes up to at high tide!
Exposed muddy bottom
Land created by the gravitation pull of the moon
Direction of water flow at low tide
Direction of water flow at high tide
Glass shrimp (top left); Sea horse (top right); Lacuna (bottom left); Pipefish (bottom right)
Resident and migratory species benefit from the protection of seagrass beds
Butterfly fish (left); Lizardfish (right)
Boats can cause extensive damage to submerged vegetation