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, 1977 a, b) describes nine different geographical salt marsh regions throughout the world.

Salt marsh species

See also

Natural variability in Coastal Ecosystems#Salt marshes


  1. CoPraNet glossary [1]