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Wall Township in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Manasquan Floodplain

Floodplains – Coastal Habitats

 
 
The Manasquan Floodplain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 2, 2012
1. The Manasquan Floodplain Marker
Inscription.
Sediments deposited by the Manasquan River provide moist, fertile soils for plants. Ironwood, ash, and hickory trees flourish. Many of the wildflowers bloom before the tree leaves block the sunlight – producing a striking display of spring color.

Millions of years of erosion and flooding helped form the valley. Heavy rains would periodically cause the river to overflow, spreading silt, soil, and water onto the valley floor.

These floodplains slow the momentum of raging floodwaters that might otherwise be more destructive downstream. Look around for signs of flooding, such as uprooted trees and exposed roots.

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Animals of the Floodplain

To survive, animals must be able to escape the raging floods. Some climb trees, some run to higher ground, and others simply fly away. Deer raccoons, birds, frogs, and water snakes are some of the residents here.
 
Erected by State of New Jersey, Division of Parks & Forestry, National Park Service.
 
Location. 40° 9.342′ N, 74° 7.746′ W. Marker is in Wall Township, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker can be reached from County Route 524, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located on the
The Manasquan Floodplain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 2, 2012
2. The Manasquan Floodplain Marker
The Manasquan Floodplain marker is part of the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route.
Manasquan Floodplain Trail in Allaire State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Farmingdale NJ 07727, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Millpond (within shouting distance of this marker); A Salute to the Boy Scouts of America (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Allaire Village (about 600 feet away); The Furnace: heart of the village (about 700 feet away); Charcoal Depot: warehouse & staging area (about 700 feet away); Church (about 800 feet away); Allentown Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); PRR Watchman’s Shanty (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wall Township.
 
More about this marker. Photographs, courtesy of Shaun O’Rourke, Joseph Lomax, and Allaire State Park, of plants and animals found in the Manasquan Floodplain appear on the marker. These include Skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus Foetidus); Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis); White-tail deer (Ococoileus virginianus); Raccoon (Procyon lotor); Mountain-laurel (Kalmia latifolia); Black raspberry (Rupus hispidus); Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum); Trout lily (Erythronium); Marsh marigold (Caltha leptosepala); and Stinging nettle (Utrica dioica).
 
Also see . . .
Marker on the Manasquan Floodplain Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 2, 2012
3. Marker on the Manasquan Floodplain Trail
 New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 3, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
The Manasquan Floodplain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 2, 2012
4. The Manasquan Floodplain Marker
The marker can be seen here behind the split rail fence alongside the Mill Run in Allaire State Park.
The Manasquan Floodplain image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 2, 2012
5. The Manasquan Floodplain
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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