#AdventWord #Purify

Hooded mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus) glide through the Dauphin Island, Alabama, salt marsh.

Salt marshes are not merely havens for waterfowl. They also help mitigate our human mess.

Thick stands of smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) and saltmeadow cordgrass (Spartina patens) trap mud and sand in their dense root systems, stabilizing the shoreline and preventing erosion and flooding. The ecosystem as a whole helps filter polluted runoff.

Creation gives us yet another glimpse of incarnation.

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