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Marsh Profile
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Let’s take a walk into a local salt  marsh. We’ll enter by water and  walk to the maritime forest.
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Be careful!  You never know  what you’ll find as you come  ashore.
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Much of the lower marsh is  dominated by saltmarsh  cordgrass  ( spartina alterniflroa).
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Dark areas in the cordgrass are  often signs of  black needlerush ( Juncus  sp.).
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You should wear glasses around  needlerush!. ...... GET THE POINT?
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Now that you have your glasses  on, take a look at the ground There are many things to see!
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Do you know what made all these  holes? Marsh Fiddler  Crabs
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Can you see the fiddler crab?
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Notice anything around this hole? Muskrat tracks
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There are also mussels
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Notice anything here? Marsh  Periwinkle or  Snail
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Time to move on!
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A coastal marsh will often  contain many drainage  guts . These  guts  can be narrow or  wide. They can be shallow or deep. They are the roadways for  many of the marine species like  fish and crabs to enter the  marsh.
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course BIO 110 taught by Professor Harmon during the Winter '11 term at BYU.

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