Accession Number : AD0768801

Title :   Investigations of the Plant Community-Soil-Soil Strength-Micromorphology Relationships in Coastal Marshes.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Jun 72-31 Jul 73,

Corporate Author : LEHIGH UNIV BETHLEHEM PA

Personal Author(s) : Ryan,J. Donald ; Everitt,Thomas

Report Date : SEP 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 67

Abstract : An investigation of the geotechnical and morphological properties of two salt marshes in southeastern New Jersey was conducted from June 1972 until July 1973. The major objectives of the investigation were to obtain data on the dynamics of tidal marsh soil systems as they affect soil strength throughout the tidal cycle, and to obtain data on the relationships of plant community to soil strength. Three major environments of each marsh were investigated. These included (1)short Spartina alterniflora and mixed short S. alterniflora and Distichlis spicata areas, (2) tall Spartina alterniflora areas along tidal channels, and (3) the tidal channels themselves which are barren of vegetation. Each of these environments was investigated through the tidal cycle. This report presents the results of the above investigations. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SWAMPS, *SOIL MECHANICS), PLANTS(BOTANY), FLEXURAL STRENGTH, SILT, CLAY, PARTICLE SIZE, ORGANIC MATERIALS, DENSITY, MOISTURE, SAMPLING, VISUAL INSPECTION, TEST METHODS, NEW JERSEY, COASTAL REGIONS

Subject Categories : Soil Mechanics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE