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Ecologists study how mussels can help coastal erosion

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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 segment aired on November 21, 2022.

Barbara Moran Twitter Correspondent, Climate and Environment
Barbara Moran is a correspondent on WBUR’s environmental team.

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