Does vegetation prevent wave erosion of salt marsh edges?

  title={Does vegetation prevent wave erosion of salt marsh edges?},
  author={Rusty A. Feagin and S M Lozada-Bernard and Thomas M. Ravens and Iris M{\"o}ller and Kevin M. Yeager and Andrew H Baird},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={106 25},
This study challenges the paradigm that salt marsh plants prevent lateral wave-induced erosion along wetland edges by binding soil with live roots and clarifies the role of vegetation in protecting the coast. In both laboratory flume studies and controlled field experiments, we show that common salt marsh plants do not significantly mitigate the total amount of erosion along a wetland edge. We found that the soil type is the primary variable that influences the lateral erosion rate and although… CONTINUE READING
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