The effect of sea level rise on seagrasses: Is sediment adjacent to retreating marshes suitable for seagrass growth?

Salt marsh retreat resulting from sea level rise creates new subtidal substrate (old marsh peat) for seagrasses, which is usually unvegetated. The hypothesis that sediment characteristics of old marsh peat are limiting to <em>Zostera marina</em> was tested in Chincoteague Bay, Maryland and in controlled experiments. A unique aspect of the study site is an eroding dune within the marsh that supplies sand to the subtidal…

Author: Wicks, Elinor Caroline

Source: University of Maryland

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