salt marsh


Definition of salt marsh

: flat land subject to overflow by salt water

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Recent Examples on the Web Studies ranged from developing an algorithm to predict oil slicks when satellite images aren’t available, to a way of using fiddler crabs and snails to monitor the health of Louisiana salt marshes. Eric Niiler, Wired, "The Deepwater Horizon Disaster Fueled a Gulf Science Bonanza," 22 Apr. 2020 A month after the blowout, oil began encroaching on salt marshes and seagrass meadows across the northern Gulf, with inshore surface slicks persisting through August. F. Joel Fodrie, The Conversation, "Coastal fish populations didn’t crash after the Deepwater Horizon spill – why not?," 16 Apr. 2020 South Carolina is home to more than 5 million residents, and has a landscape that ranges from the salt marshes and plains of its Low Country to the heights of its Blue Ridge region in the west. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "South Carolina: Images of the Palmetto State," 9 Feb. 2020 The loss of salt marshes or major changes to their ecology are also likely to have other negative effects for our environment, according to researchers. Gregory B. Hladky,, "Climate change has pushed Long Island Sound and its birds to "the edge of major, hard-to-predict changes,” reports says," 5 Dec. 2019 Charleston’s awardees will tackle two projects: restoring a salt marsh habitat and contributing relevant data to an international database for global analysis of climate change. USA TODAY, "Loveland valentines, crime scene towels, corn trail: News from around our 50 states," 9 Jan. 2020 The mudflats and salt marshes at Wallasea currently bury around 1,200 metric tons of CO₂ a year—the equivalent of the per capita emissions of only around 200 Brits in 2018. Ciara Nugent / Wallasea Island, Time, "The Best Way to Save Nature? More Nature," 12 Sep. 2019 The society’s annual report urges shoreline communities to do everything possible to identify and protect significant salt marshes, including buying land, offering conservation easements and purchasing development rights. Gregory B. Hladky,, "Climate change has pushed Long Island Sound and its birds to "the edge of major, hard-to-predict changes,” reports says," 5 Dec. 2019 Massive sand dunes guard salt marshes and serene lagoons, and unspoiled beaches stretch for miles. Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, "The sea ice used to protect them. Now their island is crumbling into the sea.," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of salt marsh

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Salt marsh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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