Pathways and Controls of the Carbon Cycle in Salt Marshes

  • James T. Morris


It is argued that intertidal wetlands are a necessary link in coastal food chains and that their protection is vital to the continued productivity of coastal marine fisheries (Teal, 1962; Teal and Teal, 1969; Odum, 1971; Gosselink, Odum and Pope, 1974). These arguments have apparently been persuasive among legislators. Several states, including South Carolina, have established a permitting process, through provisions in the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act designed to protect intertidal wetlands. Current legislation, however, fails to take into account the dynamic nature of intertidal ecosystems.


Salt Marsh Ecosystem Respiration Tidal Marsh High Marsh Marsh Site 
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