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Coastal Georgia Marshes

Updated on December 1, 2009
Georgia marsh as seen from Jekyll Island
Georgia marsh as seen from Jekyll Island

Many people that have traveled to Atlanta, feel that they have seen the state of Georgia. Coastal Georgia, though, is an entirely different landscape from Atlanta.

Coastal Georgia is comprised of multiple barrier islands. The country is very low, and flat. The marshes contain tall grasses, and plants. Rivers run in a type of maze through them. Marshes are wetlands that offer a continuous flood plain. Water runs in and out of the marshes with the tide, so the view varies according to the time of day.

Marsh at low tide

The coastal marshes are sometimes also called salt marshes. This is because there is an influx of water from the Atlantic Ocean. The water is actually brackish. Brackish water happens when sea water and fresh water meet, and the saline of the ocean water is diluted.

Marshes are important wildlife habitats. Shrimp, fish, crabs, marsh rabbits, raccoons, and other creatures are fun to watch for. We like to walk on a trail, and watch the hundreds of tiny crabs as they scurry into the mud.

Look for the three crabs in this photo

Notice how the crabs blend in with the color of the earth.
Notice how the crabs blend in with the color of the earth.


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    • susansisk profile image

      susansisk 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Thanks 4 reading. Reminds me that i still need to update!

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      K. E. Bellamy 6 years ago from USA

      Nice hub. A good introduction to the saltwater marsh.

    • susansisk profile image

      susansisk 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Thanks, this was one of my first hubs. I need to add to it.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I love the GA marshes! Beautiful hub!