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.


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