Implications of rapid sediment accumulation in a small New England salt marsh

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The sediment accumulation rate within a small Spartina alterniflora marsh in Maine has been determined by measuring the amount of peat accretion on top of human-produced boards protruding from an exposed face of the marsh. Boards are at depths of 50-140 cm, suggesting sediment accumulation rates of 6.2-7.0 mm/year. Aggradation in small marshes such as Shipyard Cove should be able to keep pace marginally with the anticipated sea-level rise due to "greenhouse' warming, given sufficient sediment supply. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2013-2017
Number of pages5
JournalCanadian Journal of Earth Sciences
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1992


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