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  1. Salt Marshes

  2. Aquatic or Terrestrial? • Salt Marshes are aquatic.

  3. Characteristics • They are coastal wetlands that are flooded and drained by salt water. • They are brought in by the tides. • Long tall grass beside the water. • Oxygen levels in the peat can be very low. • A lot of people canoe here.

  4. Characteristics • This is also a very good place to go canoeing. • They provide essential foods to fisheries like blue crab, shrimp, and many finfish. • Inter-Tidal habitats are essential for healthy fisheries, coast lines and communities.

  5. Looks • They are muddy around the water and surrounded by peat. • Made of decomposing plant matter that is often several feet deep. • Often very spongy. • Murky water that is dark.

  6. Animals • Some birds like sparrows, gulls, shorebirds, and rails. • Snails, clams, mussels, periwinkles, grass shrimp and blue crabs are some of the invertebrates. • Some mammals and reptiles include marsh rabbits, and diamondback terrapins, salt marsh snake, raccoons, muskrats, mink, and voles.

  7. Animals

  8. Plants • Smooth Cord Grass, Salt Grass, Salt Hay, Phragmite, Sea Lavender, Salt marsh Ox-Eye. • More plants are the Seashore Mallow and Perennial Salt Marsh Aster. • Some shrubs include poison ivy, groundseltrees, and marsh elder, the most common shrub in salt marshes.

  9. Plants

  10. Location • Salt marshes occur worldwide particularly in the middle to high latitudes. • Thriving along protected shorelines. • They are a common habitat in estuaries. • In the US, salt marshes can be found on every coast and most of them are on the Gulf of Mexico

  11. The Food Web

  12. Mount Saint Michael Marsh

  13. Briere Marsh

  14. http://saltmarshlife.com/salt-marsh/ecology.html • http://www.inlandbays.org/watershed-habitats-salt-marsh/ • http://www.rfadventures.com/turtles_&_tortoises.htm • http://www.thrivenotes.com/staying-solid-in-an-ocean-of-corrosivity/bluecrab/ • http://www.123rf.com/photo_15076968_muskrat.html • http://saltmarshlife.com/salt-marsh/animals.html • http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/House_Sparrow/id • http://www.bhic.org/island-vegetation • http://www.wetland.org/plant%20of%20the%20month/nursery_Seashore%20Mallow.htm • http://www.lifelivingwater.info/2012/05/26/miracle-water-against-poison-ivy/ • http://www.geographylwc.org.uk/A/AS/coasts/coastdepspits.html • http://www.french-property.com/reference/atlantic_coast/marshes/ • Kira • KJ • James • Devyn • Dorian • Hannah