Salt marshes used to stretch all along the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Alaska, and in pockets of the California, Oregon, and Washington State Coasts. In this context, salts are acid compounds where the hydrogen has been replaced, at least in part, by a metal or group acting like a metal, not always salt as you might be familiar with on food. Salt marshes have salt or brackish water in their hydrology, so specialized plants grow there. On the east coast, salt marshes are dominated by cord grass and marsh hay. On the west coast a different species of cord grass and glasswort grow in the marshes. Salt marshes are also found in Utah and the Dakotas where evaporation raises the salt content of the soil.
Salt Water Marshes
Last updated: April 10, 2015