The colorful salt marshes that are located between land and bodies of salt water have their own coastal ecosystem. Often marshes spread out over vast areas with tidal creeks twisting and turning in all directions. A large portion of the “back side” of Fripp Island is bordered by salt marsh-a harsh environment where few plants can survive. However, it has a special beauty all its own, changing color with the movement of the sun and varying temperatures and climate throughout the year.
The marshes are flooded by high tides twice a day. This is an important process in delivering sediments, nutrients and water to the marsh. The most common grass in Fripp’s salt marshes is cord grass, officially known as Spartina. It provides protection for many animals and young fish. Highly tolerant of salt, cord grass grows in dense clusters and sometimes reaches five feet tall.
Salt marshes along with creeks and inlets form an estuary, which is where seawater meets and mixes with the fresh water from the coastal rivers and runoff from the surrounding uplands. Estuaries provide habitat for a large number of organisms, serve as a nursery for fish, a home to birds, and the banks are often lined with oyster shells.
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