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Coastal Ecosystems and Natural History

The Natural History of Coastal South Carolina

Coastal South Carolina is a network of coastal uplands, near-shore islands, marshes, barrier islands and beaches, and riverine watersheds, waterways, and wetland. These systems support a wide range of ecosystem types and coastal and marine species.

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium provides public information about the wise use and conservation of these unique habitats.

Wetland Impoundments

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State of Knowledge Report: South Carolina Coastal Wetland Impoundments (2008)

This report includes a research summary from the mid-1980s to present, prior research and policy recommendations, a summary of active research and new recommendations, and a comprehensive cited reference list.

Native Species

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Stranded Horseshoe Crabs

Horseshoe crabs can become stranded on the beach during rough weather. Learn about this native South Carolina species, how to identify when a stranded horseshoe crab is in danger, and how to help.

Salt Marsh Ecosystem