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Ecologists study how mussels can help coastal erosion

Ecologist Annalee Tweitmann holds up two handfuls of ribbed mussels which she has just collected from the marsh at Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Ecologist Annalee Tweitmann holds up two handfuls of ribbed mussels which she has just collected from the marsh at Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Massachusetts has lost more than 40% of its salt marsh since colonial times, and much of what’s left is threatened by sea level rise, development and pollution. Ecologists are now studying whether a small creature called a “ribbed mussel” could help.

WBUR’s Barbara Moran reports.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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