salt marsh

noun

Definition of salt marsh

: flat land subject to overflow by salt water

Examples of salt marsh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Keys, which lie at the southern-most tip of Florida, starting about 60 miles from downtown Miami, have long had a mosquito problem, mostly from the salt marsh mosquito which makes up most of the population and feeds on all mammals, Leal said. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, "The first genetically modified mosquitoes released in the U.S. to buzz in the Florida Keys," 29 Apr. 2021 In Newbury, buyers like being just down the road from neighboring Newburyport’s compact shopping district, but surrounded by farmland and salt marsh, says realtor Kevin Fruh. BostonGlobe.com, "Top Spots to Live 2021: North of Boston," 21 Apr. 2021 At the Global Change Research Wetland, on the Rhode River, the scientists are exposing the salt marsh plants to threats, such as invasive species (plants or animals not native to the area) and hotter conditions. Washington Post, "Along the Chesapeake Bay, Smithsonian scientists research at a vast outdoor laboratory," 20 Apr. 2021 At various points in and around the fairy circles, the researchers collected soil samples and studied two plant species, a sedge (Scirpus mariqueter) and salt marsh cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora), reports New Scientist. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Forming ‘Fairy Circles’ May Help Salt Marshes Adapt to Climate Change," 25 Feb. 2021 There is a long boardwalk over a salt marsh for easy access to the beach, as well as lots of sand for a game of beach volleyball. Sucheta Rawal, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Beaches on Hilton Head Island for Family Time, Romantic Strolls, Scenic Bike Rides, and More," 26 Feb. 2021 The second deck descends into that very void and hovers over a manmade salt marsh—with native shrubs, wetland grasses and 1,300 granite boulders—designed to flood at high tide. Elissaveta M. Brandon, Smithsonian Magazine, "How New York City Is Reclaiming Its Piers," 26 Oct. 2020 Built on solid ground as opposed to a pier, Gansevoort will be developed into a large green oasis, complete with a resilient beach and another salt marsh. Elissaveta M. Brandon, Smithsonian Magazine, "How New York City Is Reclaiming Its Piers," 26 Oct. 2020 Marshes also provide habitats for threatened and endangered species like Ridgeway’s rail and the salt marsh harvest mouse. Michael Williams, SFChronicle.com, "Redwood City salt ponds subject to environmental protections, judge rules," 5 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of salt marsh

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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7 May 2021

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“Salt marsh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/salt%20marsh. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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