A coastal marsh will often contain many drainage guts. These guts can be narrow or wide. They can be shallow or deep. They are the roadways for many of the marine species like fish and crabs to enter the marsh.
Saltmeadow cordgrass and Saltgrass together form Salthay. Saltmeadow cordgrass or Spartina patens is usually the more common of the two. Saltgrass or Distichlis sp. can be distiguished from S. patens by the close in branching found on the saltgrass.
Take a look under the top layer of the Salthay. What type of animals would you expect to live under the Salthay? The Meadow Mole lives here.
Along the edges of the upper marsh you may also find sedges. Scirpus is the genus of the three-squares. They have solid stems which are triangular in cross section.
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