Salt Marshes

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  • Copyright: 2009-07-16
  • Publisher: Rutgers Univ Pr
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Tall green grass. Subtle melodies of songbirds. Sharp whines of muskrats. Rustles of water running through the grasses. And at low tide, a pungent reminder of the treasures hidden beneath the surface.All are vital signs of the great salt marshesí natural resources.Now championed as critical habitats for plants, animals, and people because of the environmental service and protection they provide, these ecological wonders were once considered unproductive wastelands, home solely to mosquitoes and toxic waste, and mistreated for centuries by the human population. Exploring the fascinating biodiversity of these boggy wetlands, Salt Marshes offers readers a wealth of essential information about a variety of plants, fish, and animals, the importance of these habitats, consequences of human neglect and thoughtless development, and insight into how these wetlands recover.Judith S. Weis and Carol A. Butler shed ample light on the human impact, including chapters on physical and biological alterations, pollution, and remediation and recovery programs. In addition to a national and global perspective, the authors place special emphasis on coastal wetlands in the Atlantic and Gulf regions, as well as the San Francisco Bay Area, calling attention to their historical and economic legacies.Written in clear, easy-to-read language, Salt Marshes proves that the battles for preservation and conservation must continue, because threats to salt marshes ebb and flow like the water that runs through them.

Author Biography

Judith S. Weis is a professor in the department of biological sciences at Rutgers University, Newark. An expert on estuarine biology, she is past president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and frequently serves as a consultant to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Carol A. Butler is the coauthor of Do Butterflies Bite? Fascinating Answers to Questions about Butterflies and Moths, Do Bats Drink Blood? Fascinating Answers to Questions about Bats, and forthcoming books in the Rutgers Animal QA series on bees, hummingbirds, and raptors.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Natural History
Salt-Marsh Basicsp. 3
Primary Producers: The Plantsp. 14
Animals of the Salt Marsh: Consumersp. 35
Human Alterations to Salt Marshes
Physical Alterationsp. 91
Pollutionp. 117
Biological Alterations: Non-indigenous Speciesp. 150
Marsh Restoration and Management for Environmental Improvementp. 173
Death and Rebirth of an Urban Wetland: The Hackensack Meadowlandsp. 194
Appendix: List of Species Discussed in the Textp. 217
Referencesp. 223
Indexp. 237
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