Salt marsh

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Definition of Salt marsh:
Low, wet, muddy area periodically or continuously flooded by brackish or salt water to a shallow depth, usually characterized by grasses and other low plants (but not trees); land transitional between terrestrial and aquatic systems where saturation with water is the dominant factor controlling plant and animal communities and soils.[1].
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Salt marsh is a key habitat of transitional waters lying at the interface between the land and the sea, depending on, and periodically covered by tidal sea water.

Chapman (1960[2], 1977 [3]) describes nine different geographical salt marsh regions throughout the world.

Salt marsh species

Habitat creation

See also

Natural variability in Coastal Ecosystems#Salt marshes Salt marsh on Wikipedia


  1. CoPraNet glossary [1]
  2. Chapman, V.J., 1960. Salt Marshes and Salt Deserts of the World. London: Leonard Hill Limited, 392p.
  3. Chapman, V.J., 1974. Salt marshes and salt deserts of the world, in R.J. Reimold and W.H. Queen, ed., Ecology of Halophytes. New York: Academic Press, 3.19.