Estuarine dynamics

The foreshores of estuaries are ever changing as water levels control the dynamic processes of erosion, sedimentation and colonisation by vegetation. Bank erosion, (Stokes Inlet, September 2009) in one location, due to high water levels and strong wave action, has built a nearby sand spit. Young Saltwater Paperbark trees (Melaleuca cuticularis) have successfully colonised the new ‘dune’ edge while old dead paperbark trees can be seen in the developing ‘inter-dune wetland’.