Grunts are abundant at Molasses Reef, Key Largo, Florida.
I will be discussing the features, benefits, and life forms as well as maintenance and protection of existing salt water marshes. I became interested in this topic a couple years ago when I visited San Salvador for the first time and learned about the valuable role that mangroves and other botanical species play in these types of ecosystems… I am hoping to expand my knowledge a little and maybe others’ too.
A.Examples of Wetland Ecosystems
II.Definition of Salt Marshes
A.What is a salt marsh?
B.Benefits of salt marshes
III.Salt marshes as habitats
IV.Degraded Salt Marshes
V. Restoration and Protection of Salt Marshes
University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research. “Wetland Ecosystems.” http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/trcp/wetland.html
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. “Sea Science: Dynamics of the Salt Marsh.” http://www.dnr.state.sc.us/marine/pub/seascience/dynamic.html
The University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium. “The Salt Marsh.” http://www.uga.edu/aquarium/NAT_HISTORY/marsh.html
Natural Resource Conservation Services (Durham, NH). “How Healthy is your Salt Marsh.” http://www.nh.nrcs.usda.gov/Ecosystem_Restoration/Salt_Marsh_Restoration_in_NH/Salt%20Marsh%20Brochure.htm
Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program. “Salt Marsh Habitats.” http://www.epa.gov/owow/oceans/lagoon/saltmarsh.html
Ecology Action Centre, Coastal Issues Committee. “Salt Marsh Restoration Project.” http://www.ecologyaction.ca/EAC_WEB_1/COASTAL/CoastalFrameset.html
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