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CLIP 4024

Sands of Forvie - marshes and mudflats

Sands of Forvie - marshes and mudflats

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Key Info
  • Sands of Forvie - marshes and mudflats
  • Duration: 01:54
  • A report about the intertidal salt marshes and mudflats in the estuary of the River Ythan in Aberdeenshire. An estuary is the lower part of a river valley where it meets the sea. It is partly filled with sediment deposited by the slow flowing river. The tides inundate an estuary twice a day creating a mix of salt and sea water described as brackish. Salt marshes can form by the slow rise and fall of the tides. Salt-tolerant plants colonise the mud, trapping material round them so the level of the mud flats rises. Taller plants can then take hold.
  • Subject:



    Coastal Environment: Processes and Landforms

  • Keywords: mudflats, brackish, salt marsh, upper sward, geography, coastal landscape, sediment, tide, salt pans, coast, Aberdeenshire
Ideas for use in class
  • Detailed explanation of the formation and development of salt marshes and mudflats in the estuary of the River Ythan.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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