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The dirt on sediments

June 18, 2012

In the wetland science field, sediment deposition is often thought of as being beneficial especially when one thinks of coastal estuarine systems. For example, sediments deposited from streams and rivers are necessary to naturally build and maintain tidal marshes. These sediments come from eroded upland soils in the interior of the continent. When these sediments are diverted from natural coastal deposition areas, such as occurs from river channelization, we lose marshes through subsidence as is happening throughout coastal Louisiana. However, the value of eroded soils is all a matter of hydrogeomorphic perspective.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2010
Title The dirt on sediments
Authors Loren M. Smith, Ned H. "Chip" Euliss
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title National Wetlands Newsletter
Series Number
Index ID 70038729
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center