The effects of the reed, Phragmites australis (Trin.), on substratum grain-size distribution in a salt marsh

Satoshi Takeda, Yasushi Kurihara

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The effects of the reed, Phragmites australis (Trin.), growing in a brackish water lagoon, were studied in relation to the grain-size distribution of the substratum. At the salt marshes near the lagoon, the upper soils from the surface to a depth of 20 cm contained much silt-clay. These fine particles were found to be transferred from the river and fish ponds near the lagoon, and to be deposited when the tidal rhythm changed, that is, when the water current stopped. In addition, the fine particles, which were deposited on the bottom of the lagoon adjacent to the marshes, became resuspended as a result of wind-caused wave action, and then were transported and redeposited in the salt marshes at the flood tide. Since the reeds further reduced the water current caused by the waves and tide, the reeds were thought to promote redeposition of the resuspended matter. In other words, the reeds were considered to protect deposited and redeposited particles such as silt and clay from resuspension as a result of wave action by reducing the effects of waves and wind. These processes suggested that silt-clay will become abundant in the substratum of the salt marsh adjacent to the lagoon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-112
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Oceanographical Society of Japan
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1988 Jun 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Soil Science
  • Engineering(all)
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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