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Suisun MarshEcological History and Possible Futures$
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Peter B. Moyle, Amber D. Manfree, and Peggy L. Fiedler

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276086

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276086.001.0001

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Physical Processes and Geomorphic Features

Physical Processes and Geomorphic Features

(p.45) 3 Physical Processes and Geomorphic Features
Suisun Marsh

Christopher Enright

University of California Press

Suisun Marsh lies near the geographic center of the San Francisco Estuary. Tidal currents, river flow, and prevailing wind drive dynamic hydro- and geomorphological processes. Positioned north of the primary axis of the estuary, Suisun Marsh is a gradient-rich landscape where ocean salinity rapidly declines from west to east and from south to north. The organisms that evolved here are specialists at sorting out gradients of current, salt, turbidity, and temperature to find forage and refuge in the transitions between tidal sloughs and terrestrial marshes. Levees protecting managed wetlands largely disconnect historical land-water dynamics in the marsh. Climate change, land subsidence, and ecological restoration assure that Suisun Marsh will be a landscape in transition in the coming decades.

Keywords:   gradient, tide, landscape, subsidence, restoration

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