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Estuarine Science

Partially Mixed Estuary

Partially mixed estuaries have a tidal flow that provides a means of erasing the salt wedge. The salt water is mixed upward and fresh water is mixed downward. Deeper estuaries such as Puget Sound and San Francisco Bay are examples of partially mixed estuaries.



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