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The World of the Salt Marsh: Appreciating and Protecting the Tidal Marshes of the Southeastern Atlantic Coast

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The World of the Salt Marsh is a wide-ranging exploration of the southeastern coast—its natural history, its people and their way of life, and the historic and ongoing threats to its ecological survival.

Focusing on areas from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, to Cape Canaveral, Florida, Charles Seabrook examines the ecological importance of the salt marsh, calling it “a biological factory without equal.” Twice-daily tides carry in a supply of nutrients that nourish vast meadows of spartina (Spartina alterniflora)—a crucial habitat for creatures ranging from tiny marine invertebrates to wading birds. The meadows provide vital nurseries for 80 percent of the seafood species, including oysters, crabs, shrimp, and a variety of finfish, and they are invaluable for storm protection, erosion prevention, and pollution filtration.

Seabrook is also concerned with the plight of the people who make their living from the coast’s bounty and who carry on its unique culture. Among them are Charlie Phillips, a fishmonger whose livelihood is threatened by development in McIntosh County, Georgia, and Vera Manigault of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, a basket maker of Gullah-Geechee descent, who says that the sweetgrass needed to make her culturally significant wares is becoming scarcer.

For all of the biodiversity and cultural history of the salt marshes, many still view them as vast wastelands to be drained, diked, or “improved” for development into highways and subdivisions. If people can better understand and appreciate these ecosystems, Seabrook contends, they are more likely to join the growing chorus of scientists, conservationists, fishermen, and coastal visitors and residents calling for protection of these truly amazing places.

About the Author

Charles Seabrook, a native of John’s Island, South Carolina, is a columnist and environmental writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is the author of Cumberland Island: Strong Women, Wild Horses and, with Marcy Louza, Red Clay, Pink Cadillacs and White Gold: The Kaolin Chalk Wars.

Table of Contents

Introduction

One. The Poetry of the Marsh

Two. A Walk across the Marsh

Three. Tide Watching

Four. Too Big for Its Britches

Five. Farms in the River

Six. Gone with the Flow

Seven. A Tale of Two Rivers

Eight. An Endangered Culture

Nine. The Institute

Ten. Protecting the Marsh?

Eleven. Saving the Oyster

Twelve. Saving the Marsh

Thirteen. Rice Fields and Causeways

Fourteen. Bridging the Marsh

Fifteen. The Ultimate Price

Sixteen. Living on the Edge

Seventeen. The Last Season

Eighteen. The Beloved Land

Epilogue

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780820327068
Author:
Seabrook, Charles
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
52 bandw photos, 1 map
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Botany » Wetlands

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