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Ecosystem found along the coasts and closely linked to the nation’s estuaries, where sea water mixes with fresh water to form an environment of varying salinities. The plants in coastal wetlands have adapted to fluctuating water levels and salinities to create tidal salt marshes, mangrove swamps, and tidal fresh water wetlands, which form beyond the upper edges of tidal salt marshes where the influence of salt water ends. Fresh water coastal wetlands can also be found adjacent to the Great Lakes.

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