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Lecture14 - 5/17/09 Marine Wetlands Review Estuaries...

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5/17/09 1 Review Estuaries Coastal Salt Marsh Communities Dominant Plants in Salt Marshes Midterm Wednesday Reading: Plants of SLO: page 115 (116-131 Plant Descriptions) Marine Wetlands Creeks flowing through salt marsh at Tomales Bay in Marin County Estuaries Estuary Freshwater from the land Salty water of the ocean Protected embayment Brackish water - varying salinity Salinity varies with the amount of freshwater input and the tides Shark Inlet on leeward side of Morro Bay sand spit Estuaries The waters of estuaries are shielded from the wave action The bottom of a protected embayment is generally composed of fine sediments swept into the bay by stream action Algae may be a large part of the estuary vegetation
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5/17/09 2 Coastal Salt Marshes Occur in the upper margins of estuaries Cover relatively small areas of California Mostly in the San Francisco bay area Coastal Salt Marshes Characteristics of Costal Marsh Plants
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