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estuary

the point at which a river meets the sea. There is thus a mixture of saline and freshwater conditions, often with areas of tidal mudflats and salt marsh. Because of the varying salinity and tidal cover there is often a specific flora and fauna associated with such areas.
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com Set on its own tranquil peninsula reaching into the estuary, Portmeirion is an Italianate village, masterminded by the Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis.
The estuary is represented by a fluvial valley that is almost completely infilled by sediments.
Water management strategies such as diversion of freshwater out of a river before it reaches the estuary, as seen in the Apalachicola River, can disrupt natural cycles for oysters and other estuarine organisms.
Earlier this year investment company Cluff Natural Resources plc was awarded a licence by the Coal Authority to explore a project to create "syngas" from seams beneath the estuary.
When animals, plants and insects die they break down and provide organic matter and nutrients back into the estuary.
We had reports of two people cut off in the estuary, near Portmeirion.
She explained that the rescuers were in a race against time and they couldn't wait for whale pontoons to arrive from Kilrush, Co Clare, on the other side of the estuary.
Abstract--Distribution, movements, and habitat use of small (<46 cm, juveniles and individuals of unknown maturity) striped bass (Morone saxatilis) were investigated with multiple techniques and at multiple spatial scales (surveys and tag-recapture in the estuary and ocean, and telemetry in the estuary) over multiple years to determine the frequency and duration of use of non-natal estuaries.
The breaches will allow the tide coming up the estuary to wash in and out, creating a new area of inter-tidal mudflat and saltmarsh.
The report into the state of the Severn coast says more than three-quarters of the intertidal area of the estuary could be lost over the next century.
The Trusts warned against considering "out-dated technology" which could see a tenmile wide barrage built across the estuary, that could have an unprecedented impact on the area.