Saltmarsh

From Dry Tropics Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search


Saltmarshes are inter-tidal plant communities that are often found on tidal flats. They consist of several types of plants including samphires, grasses, succulents and specialised shrubs. The plants found in the the saltmarsh zone are incredibly resilient as they are subjected to the ocean, sun, winds and low levels of oxygen. Like mangroves, this zone aids in providing breeding grounds for marine life and can be considered a filtration system for sediment. Saltmarsh areas are frequently damaged due to careless and illegal vehicle traffic on the dunes. Human impact extends to coastal development projects which remove plants or poison them with pollution, runoff or rubbish dumping. Changing climate also makes survival difficult due to increased temperatures, UV intensity and rising sea levels.


Common plants found in saltmarshes within the Dry Tropics Catchments include:

References

Related information

NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI) to the development of this page's information.

BDT Coastal Zone.jpg

This is a legacy website. Content is not being updated but is kept as an archive.
Updated NRM information is now held in the NQ Dry Tropics NRM Information Portal at http://nrm.nqdrytropics.com.au/.
while corporate information about NQ Dry Tropics is held on our main website at http://www.nqdrytropics.com.au
NQ Dry Tropics Website