Story: Estuaries

Tidal changes, Whanganui Inlet (1st of 2)

Tidal changes, Whanganui Inlet

Tidal currents bring in tiny organisms and nutrients that help sustain the plants and animals of the estuary. They also move sediments in, around and out of the estuary. At Whanganui Inlet north-west of Nelson, the rushing tide has covered the extensive mudflats of this large and relatively unmodified estuary.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Estuaries - The estuary ecosystem', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 July 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006