Plum Island Estuary, Photo/Video Capture.

Salem News: For years, scientists have observed a slow decay of salt marshes all along the Atlantic coast without understanding why. Now a newly released study conducted in the local Great Marsh [in Rowley and Ipswich] is shedding light on the cause of salt marsh decay and the impact it could have on the environment.

Scientists from the Marine Biology Laboratory, a nonprofit biological research group based out of Woods Hole, have determined that higher levels of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous are contributing to the widespread decay of salt marshes along the East Coast.

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