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The San Francisco Bay, the biggest estuary on the west coast of North America, was once surrounded by an almost unbroken chain of tidal wetlands, a fecund sieve of ecosystems connecting the land and the Bay. Today, most of these wetlands have disappeared under the demands of coastal development, and those that remain cling precariously to a drastically altered coastline. This volume is a collaborative effort of nearly 40 scholars in which the wealth of scientific knowledge available on tidal wetlands of the San Francisco Estuary is summarized and integrated. This book addresses issues of taxonomy, geomorphology, toxicology, the impact of climate change, ecosystem services, public policy, and conservation, and it is an essential resource for ecologists, environmental scientists, coastal policymakers, and researchers interested in estuaries and conserving and restoring coastal wetlands around the world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. San Francisco Estuary Tidal Marshes (Map)
  2. pp. xiv-xv
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  1. Global Salt Marshes (Map)
  2. pp. xvi-xvi
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  1. Foreword: Some Thoughts on San Francisco Bay and Its Wetlands
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. 1 • DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES ON TIDAL MARSHES: AN INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. Part I • Ecology: Environment
  2. pp. 19-20
  1. 2 • HISTORICAL FORMATION
  2. pp. 21-34
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  1. 3 • GEOMORPHOLOGY, HYDROLOGY, AND TIDAL INFLUENCES
  2. pp. 35-52
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  1. 4 • POLLUTION: PERSISTENT ORGANIC CONTAMINANTS AND TRACE METALS
  2. pp. 53-66
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  1. 5 • POLLUTION: EMERGING CONTAMINANTS
  2. pp. 67-86
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  1. 6 • TIDAL MARSHES IN THE CONTEXT OF CLIMATE CHANGE
  2. pp. 87-94
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  1. Part II • Ecology: Organisms
  2. pp. 95-96
  1. 7 • TIDAL VEGETATION: SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL DYNAMICS
  2. pp. 97-112
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  1. 8 • TIDAL WETLAND VEGETATION AND ECOTONE PROFILES: THE RUSH RANCH OPEN SPACE PRESERVE
  2. pp. 113-134
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  1. 9 • INVERTEBRATES: PAST AND CURRENT INVASIONS
  2. pp. 135-146
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  1. 10 • INVERTEBRATES: A CASE STUDY OF CHINA CAMP STATE PARK, MARIN COUNTY
  2. pp. 147-160
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  1. 11 • FISHES
  2. pp. 161-174
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  1. 12 • BIRD COMMUNITIES: EFFECTS OF FRAGMENTATION, DISTURBANCE, AND SEA LEVEL RISE ON POPULATION VIABILITY
  2. pp. 175-194
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  1. 13 • SMALL MAMMALS
  2. pp. 195-204
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  1. Part III • Conservation and Restoration
  2. pp. 205-206
  1. 14 • ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
  2. pp. 207-214
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  1. 15 • POLICY: ACHIEVEMENTS AND CHALLENGES
  2. pp. 215-224
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  1. 16 • RESEARCH RESERVES AS A MODEL FOR CONSERVATION SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT OF TIDAL MARSHES
  2. pp. 225-232
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  1. 17 • NATURAL AND RESTORED TIDAL MARSH COMMUNITIES
  2. pp. 233-252
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  1. 18 • CURRENT ISSUES IN TIDAL MARSHRESTORATION
  2. pp. 253-262
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 263-266
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