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Unformatted text preview: that might be triggered by large storm surge. 1-day storm surge could initiate a vegetation shift. More than 15 ppt of saturates vadose zone by storm surge is enough for mangroves to take over higher elevation cells, while less than 7 ppt of saturated vadose zone will not cause any vegetation shift. Another important factor in the growth of mangroves in the higher elevation cells is the thickness or depth of the vadose zone. Thicker vadose zone will have larger volume of high salinity which takes longer to be flushed out by precipitation. With time the mangroves will continue growth while hardwood hammocks will suppressed. References A simulation model for projecting changes in salinity concentration and species dominance in the coastal margin habitats of the Everglades by su yean teh, Donald L. DeAngelis, Leonel da Silveira Lobo Sternberg, Fernando R. Miralles-Wilhelm, Thomas J. Smith, Hock-Lye Koh...
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