This book is a university-level text that provides a good overview of the world's coastal wetlands. The purpose of the book, as stated by the authors, is to introduce the reader to the ecology and geology of coastal wetlands and to show how human activities have impacted these wetlands on the scale of tens to thousands of years. The term coastal wetlands as used here mainly focuses on tidal salt marshes and mangrove swamps. These ecosystems are critically important because their biological activity exceeds that of coral reefs and matches that of tropical rain forests. As such, these coastal wetlands are vital in the global scheme of things because they provide shelter for plants and animals, food, and continuous renewal of nutrients. Of special concern and treatment is discussion of wetland degradation and remediation. This textbook is thus of critical importance to...

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