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Wading Right InDiscovering the Nature of Wetlands$
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Catherine Owen Koning and Sharon M. Ashworth

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226554211

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226554495.001.0001

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Salt Marshes: A Disappearing Act

Salt Marshes: A Disappearing Act

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(p.163) Chapter 7 Salt Marshes: A Disappearing Act
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Wading Right In
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Catherine Owen Koning

Sharon M. Ashworth

Catherine Owen Koning

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226554495.003.0008

The consequences of saltmarsh destruction and restoration are brought to bear in the story of Pine Creek Marsh. Pine Creek Marsh was cut off from tidal influence, which led to a cascade of plant and animal disappearances and unintended problems, including flooding, for the surrounding human community. The subsequent restoration of tidal influence corrected many issues, reversed vegetation changes, and served as a model for ecosystem repair along the coastline. The mystery of marsh die-off along the New England coast provides another opportunity to examine salt marsh ecology and trophic cascades as scientists study the interactions among cordgrass, crabs, and crab predators. The impacts of climate change are made apparent as sea level rises and scientists seek to develop models for future flood prediction, carbon storage, and marsh protection.

Keywords:   saltmarsh, Cordgrass, Pine Creek Marsh, Marsh die-off, Sea level rise, Carbon storage, Saltmarsh Adaptation, Trophic cascade, tides, flooding

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