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salt marsh Vegetation often found on mud banks formed at river mouths, showing regular zonation reflecting the length of time different areas are inundated by tides. Sea-water has a high salt content which produces problems of osmotic pressure for the vegetation, so that only plants that are adapted to this environment (halophytes) can survive.

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salt marsh Vegetation often found on mud banks formed at river mouths, showing regular zonation reflecting the length of time different areas are inundated by tides. Sea water has a high salt content, which produces problems of osmotic pressure for the vegetation, so that only plants adapted to this environment (halophytes) can survive.

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salt marsh Vegetation often found on mud banks formed at river mouths, showing regular zonation reflecting the length of time different areas are inundated by tides. Sea water has a high salt content which produces problems of osmotic pressure for the vegetation, so only plants that are adapted to this environment (halophytes) can survive there.

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salt marsh • n. an area of coastal grassland that is regularly flooded by seawater.