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The Detailed Story

The story of the loss of America's WETLAND is complex. It did not happen overnight, and is not a product of one or a few events. It is a combination of a variety of natural processes, made worse by some well-meaning activities of humans.

The following index will take you through a discussion of the many aspects of the ecology of the coastal ecosystem, how it is supposed to work, what it is actually doing, how humans have thrown a monkey wrench into the system, and how humans are trying to recover the values of the wetlands which have been and may be lost.