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Marsh Loss in Nanticoke Estuary, Chesapeake Bay

Michael S. Kearney, Russell E. Grace and J. Court Stevenson
Geographical Review
Vol. 78, No. 2, Thematic Issue: Coastal Geomorphology (Apr., 1988), pp. 205-220
DOI: 10.2307/214178
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/214178
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Marsh Loss in Nanticoke Estuary, Chesapeake Bay
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Abstract

Marsh loss in the Nanticoke estuary dates from the 1920s. Since 1938 overall rate of loss has averaged 49.6 ha annually, with rates increasing down estuary. Most losses have occurred in submerged upland marshes; tidal freshwater marshes are stable. Interior ponding has been the primary mechanism of loss. Rising water levels are postulated to be the underlying force behind marsh losses in this estuary.

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