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Matthew L. Kirwan and Glenn R. Guntenspergen Feedbacks between inundation, root production, and shoot growth in a rapidly submerging brackish marsh Journal of Ecology 100

Version of Record online: 9 FEB 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2012.01957.x

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Kirwan and Guntenspergen measured rates of root production in a rapidly submerging Chesapeake Bay marsh and found that plants at low elevations produce few roots that contribute to soil building. Their results suggest that the local marsh is in a runaway feedback where sea-level rise leads to reduced root production, lower rates of soil building, and further loss of relative wetland elevation.

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