16 July 2018

British salt marshes to “disappear” as sea levels rise

MARSHLAND IN THE SOUTH-EAST OF ENGLAND COULD START TO VANISH IN ABOUT 20 YEARS DUE TO RISING SEA LEVELS, reports the BBC.  Durham University researchers have studied sediment samples dating back 10,000 years to track how sea levels affect salt marshes.  They conclude that marshes in SE England could disappear from 2040, and across the rest of GB by 2100.  Salt marshes protect coastal areas from erosion by acting as a buffer against waves and reducing flooding by slowing and absorbing rainwater.