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An intertidal wetland is a the area along a shoreline that is exposed to air at low tide and submerged at high tide. This type of wetland is defined by an intertidal zone and includes its own intertidal ecosystems.


The main types of intertidal wetlands are mudflats (e.g., mangrove swamps) and salt marshes. The mangrove swamps are encountered along tropical shores and are characterized by tree vegetation, while salt marches are mostly found in temperate zones and are mostly grass ecosystems.[1]

Intertidal wetlands are commonly encountered in most estuaries. Intertidal wetland ecosystems are among the most productive plant communities and often constitute a large part of the estuarty areas.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b Estuarine Ecology, by John W. Day, Alejandro Yáñez-Arancibia , Chapter 5: Intertidal Wetlands: Salt Marshes and Mangrove Swamps


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