Posts Tagged ‘salt marsh’

What happens when the “fresh waters” aren’t so fresh any more?

There’s a problem on North Carolina’s coastlines. Despite denials of climate change and warming and allegations of “hoax” from several Congressmen and Presidential Candidates, the seas, largely stable for the past 5,000 years, are rising and Carolina’s coastline is in retreat. Three islands are now submerged. The rising seas, exacerbated by melting glaciers, are flooding […]


Disappearing Florida – Salt of Our Earth

Florida’s beaches are fascinating. On its East Coast sandy beaches are shaped by the merciless pounding from the Atlantic’s waves. These beaches are “high energy” beaches. In contrast, on the West Coast from about Citrus County north, around the bend to Apalachicola Bay, the coastal wetlands are “low energy“ landforms, without the pounding waves and […]


Disappearing Florida – Coastal Hammocks

Unlike most of the photos we’ve featured in our blog, the picture above has not been included for its beauty. The dead red cedars were once part of a thriving “island hammock” – a tree-filled bit of high ground protruding above the high-tide line on a coastal salt marsh; in this case, on the Withlacoochee […]


Rosy Fingers of Dawn on a Fragile Day

According to ancient Greek legend, each morning Eos, the goddess of dawn, rose from her home at the edge of Oceanus, the ocean that surrounds the world, to herald her brother Helios, the sun. Homer’s Iliad immortalized the legend by opening each epic, unspoiled day by a gentle turn from Eos’s rosy fingers of dawn. […]