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

Scott R Anderson, H. W. Borns, D. C. Smith, C. Race

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Abstract

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
Volume29
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1992

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Implications of rapid sediment accumulation in a small New England salt marsh. / Anderson, Scott R; Borns, H. W.; Smith, D. C.; Race, C.

In: Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 29, No. 9, 1992, p. 2013-2017.

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Anderson, Scott R ; Borns, H. W. ; Smith, D. C. ; Race, C. / Implications of rapid sediment accumulation in a small New England salt marsh. In: Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. 1992 ; Vol. 29, No. 9. pp. 2013-2017.
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