The World of the Salt Marsh: Appreciating and Protecting the by Charles Seabrook

By Charles Seabrook

The international of the Salt Marsh is a wide-ranging exploration of the southeastern coast—its common heritage, its humans and their lifestyle, and the historical and ongoing threats to its ecological survival.

Focusing on components from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, to Cape Canaveral, Florida, Charles Seabrook examines the ecological significance of the salt marsh, calling it “a organic manufacturing facility with out equal.” Twice-daily tides hold in a offer of foodstuff that nourish monstrous meadows of spartina (Spartina alterniflora)—a the most important habitat for creatures starting from tiny marine invertebrates to wading birds. The meadows offer very important nurseries for eighty percentage of the seafood species, together with oysters, crabs, shrimp, and numerous finfish, and they're precious for hurricane safeguard, erosion prevention, and toxins filtration.

Seabrook is additionally involved in the plight of the folk who make their residing from the coast’s bounty and who keep on its detailed tradition. between them are Charlie Phillips, a fishmonger whose livelihood is threatened via improvement in McIntosh County, Georgia, and Vera Manigault of Mount friendly, South Carolina, a basket maker of Gullah-Geechee descent, who says that the sweetgrass had to make her culturally major wares is turning into scarcer.

For all the biodiversity and cultural heritage of the salt marshes, many nonetheless view them as giant wastelands to be tired, diked, or “improved” for improvement into highways and subdivisions. If humans can higher comprehend and get pleasure from those ecosystems, Seabrook contends, they're prone to sign up for the turning out to be refrain of scientists, conservationists, fishermen, and coastal viewers and citizens calling for defense of those really remarkable places.

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