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UnDisciplined: why you should be scared about the spread of 'ghost forests'

In the past decade, freshwater and sediment diverted from the nearby Mississippi River have turned what once was an open bay into a thriving wetlands area. Local environmental groups have planted thousands of cypress trees, attempting to create a marsh that will help absorb storms that pass through.
Weenta Girmay for WWNO
Mississippi Wetlands

Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink. That’s a saying that describes being surrounded by something, but not benefitting from it. In a new study, researchers documented some coastal forests are now inundated by water they can’t use because it contains high levels of salt, a consequence of sea levels rising due to climate change. These “ghost forests” are landscapes in transition - with some plant species flourishing, and some completely disappearing.

Steven Anderson is a forest ecologist who studies aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, in the short and long term.

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