What do you think of when you hear the term "salt marshes"? Do you picture wet grass swaying towards the crystal aqua sea? Can you imagine the beautiful scaly fish inside of that blue aura and the animals living in the green? Or do you think of something salty? Or of green swamps? Well in the dictionary, Here are some quick facts about salt marshes important link between the ocean and the land provides food and shelter for many mammals, birds and fish [ex. Shellfish] - animals can hide from predators in the marsh vegetation - Salt marsh plants die and decompose, creating organic detritus [a food source] - algae [another important food source] are in salt marshes they are like giant sponges because - protect upland areas from erosion by waves and currents - can absorb and lessen the impact of floods - can maintain water quality by filtering out pollutants salt marshes are sometimes called tidal marshes located in estuarine systems [freshwater and ocean water] surrounded by plants such as cattails, sedges and bulrush. Salt marsh plants can't grow where waves are strong, but can thrive along low-energy coasts. various shades of gray, brown and green. IMPORTANT REMINDER: Despite their diversity, all marshes share two features in common: 1. All marshes contain fast vegetation 2.

They tend to develop in zones progressing from land to open water. Tensions between the Heroic Code and other Value Systems - Much of Beowulf is devoted to articulating and illustrating the Germanic heroic code, which values strength, courage, and loyalty in warriors; hospitality, generosity, and political skill in kings; ceremoniousness in women; and good reputation in all people. Traditional and much respected, this code is vital to warrior societies as a means of understanding their relationships to the world and the menaces lurking beyond their boundaries. All of the characters' moral judgments stem from the code's mandates. Thus individual actions can be seen only as either conforming to or violating the code. The poem highlights the code's points of tension by recounting situations that expose its internal contradictions in values.

The poem contains several stories that concern divided loyalties, situations for which the code offers no practical guidance about how to act. For example, the poet relates that the Danish Hildeburh marries the Frisian king. When, in the war between the Danes and the Frisians, both her Danish brother and her Frisian son are killed, Hildeburh is left doubly grieved. The code is also often in tension with the values of medieval Christianity. While the code maintains that honor is gained during life through deeds, Christianity asserts that glory lies in the afterlife. Similarly, while the warrior culture dictates that it is always better to retaliate than to mourn, Christian doctrine advocates a peaceful, forgiving attitude toward one's enemies.

Throughout the poem, the poet strains to accommodate these two sets of values. Though he is Christian, he cannot (and does not seem to want to) deny the fundamental pagan values of the story.