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Encyclopedia > Marshes
This article is about marsh, a type of wetland. For other uses of the word marsh see Marsh (disambiguation).
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Atlantic coastal salt marsh in Connecticut.

In geography, a marsh is a type of wetland, featuring grasses, rushes, reeds, typhas, sedges, and other herbaceous plants (possibly with low-growing woody plants) in a context of shallow water. A marsh is different from a swamp, which is dominated by trees rather than grasses and low herbs. The water of a marsh can be fresh, brackish, or saline. Coastal marshes may be associated with estuaries and along waterways between coastal barrier islands and the inner coast.


Marshes are critically important wildlife habitat, often serving as breeding grounds for a wide variety of animal life.


See also: Fen, Swamp


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Ngaio Marsh - definition of Ngaio Marsh in Encyclopedia (494 words)
Ngaio (SAMPA naI@U) Marsh was educated at St Margaret's College in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she was a foundation pupil.
Marsh's first love, however, was the theatre, and in New Zealand she is remembered more for her theatrical endeavours than her detective fiction.
The 430-seat Ngaio Marsh Theatre at the University of Canterbury is named in her honour.
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