Alan Chamblin mrs.jensen 2nd pd
salt marshes are along the coastline
TOPOGRAPHY: Relatively flat, intertidal areas on, or sloping up slightly from, permanent water edge.
PROCESSES / DYNAMICS / ABIOTIC FACTORS: Rate of net primary production of organic matter among highest of any global ecosystem; aerial habitat above water dominated by marsh grasses and insect / spider / bird food webs.
FAUNA: Abundant food and cover for resident and transient animals; nursery grounds for many fish and shellfish of commercial and recreational importance; many visiting birds and three exclusive residents—clapper rails, long-billed marsh wrens, and seaside sparrows; endangered Atlantic salt marsh snake.
animals in salt marshes