g26 - Whatisasaltmarsh? Acommunityofemergedhalophytic

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What is a salt marsh? “A community of emerged halophytic  vegetation in areas alternately  inundated and drained by tidal action.” “Expansive inter- or supratidal areas  occupied by rooted emergent vascular  macrophytes and a variety of epiphytes  and epifauna.” Emerged : sticking out of the water; Halophytic : salt-loving; Inundated : flooded; macrophyte : plant that’s large enough to see; epiphyte : plant growing on another organism but not a parasite; epifauna : animal version of epiphyte
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Where are salt marshes  found? Along intertidal shore of estuaries Flat, protected waters Extensive from Maine-Florida, along  Gulf coast from Florida-Texas In FL, most abundant north of the freeze  line (70% of state’s salt marsh)
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The salt marsh community Plants Marsh grasses Associated halophytic (salt-tolerant) plants Animals Permanent residents Visitors
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Salt marsh grasses
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