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Salt Marsh Ecosystems Need Quality Biodiversity, Not Just Quantity
2013-12-07 06:03:23

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists have believed for years that preserving more species, no matter which ones, was a key component to enhancing how well an ecosystem performs. A research team from Duke University and the University of Massachusetts at Boston investigating biodiversity loss in a salt marsh says that this isn't quite right. Their findings, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that it's not just the total...

Cape Cods Salt Marshes Are Under Threat
2013-01-26 05:59:46

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the iconic ecological features of Cape Cod in Massachusetts is the dominant form of coastal wetland in the region called salt marshes. Most typically, a salt marsh can be found behind a barrier beach and within estuarine systems. They have, over the previous 3,000 years, come into existence as a direct result of sea-level rise. Vegetation in the area primarily consists of saltmeadow cordgrass and, in lower marshes, smooth...

Salt Marshes Disappearing
2012-10-18 21:05:22

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video: Why Our Salt Marshes Are Falling Apart ] Salt marshes along the eastern coast of the United States have been disappearing over the past two decades and a group of American researchers led by Linda Deegan of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Mass. has shown that an influx of phosphorus- and nitrogen-based nutrients is partly to blame. These nutrients come from untreated sewage systems and...

Deepwater Horizon Spill Exacerbated Existing Problems In Louisiana Marshes
2012-06-26 04:10:50

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill temporarily worsened existing manmade problems in Louisiana's salt marshes such as erosion, but there may be cause for optimism, according to a new study. A study appearing online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found the 2010 spill killed off salt marsh plants 15 to 30 feet from the shoreline and this plant die off resulted in a more-than-doubled rate of erosion along the marsh edge and subsequent permanent marsh habitat...

2012-03-08 15:10:46

Study showed recovery was possible for arthropods within a year if their host plants remained healthy Crabs, insects and spiders living in coastal salt marshes affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster were damaged by the massive oil spill but were able to recover within a year if their host plants remained healthy, according to a University of Houston study published Wednesday (March 7) in the open access journal PLoS ONE. In one of the first studies to look at how oil spills...

Crabs Put The Pinch On Marshlands
2011-09-26 10:58:40

   Hungry purple marsh crabs threaten Cape Cod salt marshes [ Watch the Video ] If you take a quick glance at the marsh next to Saquatucket Harbor in Harwich Port, Mass., you will notice right away that some of the grass is missing. The cordgrass there, and all around Cape Cod, has been slowly disappearing for decades. "The cordgrass that's being destroyed here is the foundation species that builds salt marshes," explains marine ecologist Mark Bertness of Brown...

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2011-06-06 14:09:12

It is a very muddy trek from the small boat to the field site along Raccoon Creek near Bridgeport, N.J. Villanova University marine scientist Nathaniel Weston and his team are all carrying ladders and equipment as they slosh through ankle deep mud toward their experiments. "The whole reason I got into this line of research is because I like being outside, I like coastal estuaries and marsh systems, I like getting muddy, so I have fun with it," says Weston enthusiastically. With support...

2011-04-27 11:15:46

Eric Schwaab, assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries, joined officials from the town of Brewster, Mass., and other partners today on the shores of Cape Cod's Stony Brook to celebrate the completion of a American Reinvestment and Recovery Act project that restored natural tidal flow to 20 acres of salt marsh and opened passage for fish to nearly 400 acres of ponds for spawning. NOAA provided $1.65 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment  Act funding to the town of Brewster for...

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2010-08-16 13:33:51

Researchers measuring impacts of short- and long-term exposure in extensive Gulf Coast marshes As oil and dispersants wash ashore in coastal Louisiana salt marshes, what will their effects be on these sensitive ecosystems? The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a rapid response grant to scientist Eugene Turner of Louisiana State University and colleagues to measure the impacts on Gulf Coast salt marshes. The researchers will track short-term (at the current time, and again at three...

2010-04-23 09:33:00

NOVATO, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bay Institute applauds the introduction of H.R. 5061, The San Francisco Bay Improvement Act of 2010, a landmark $1 billion restoration bill authored by Congresswoman Jackie Speier. The bill, if passed, will help finance restoration of more than 100,000 acres of the Bay's tidal wetlands that have suffered from a century and a half of manmade destruction. The Bay Institute has also allocated $100,000 in seed money to launch a public education...


Latest Salt marsh Reference Libraries

Salt Marsh
2013-04-19 21:04:15

A salt marsh, also otherwise known as a coastal salt marsh or a tidal marsh, is a coastal ecosystem in the upper coastal intertidal zone that lies between the land and the open salt water or brackish water that is routinely flooded by the tides. It’s dominated by dense stands of salt-tolerant plants, for example, herbs, grasses, or low shrubs. These plants originate from all around the globe and are important to the stability of the salt marsh in trapping and binding sediments. Salt marshes...

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