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Stream Shore

Stream Shore communities are unvegetated or sparsely vegetated communities that are strongly influenced by periodic inundation from the adjacent stream. Some streams that have significant reductions in water level and flow during dry seasons may have seasonally exposed shorelines that become thickly vegetated by a mat of annual grasses, sedges, and herbs. These are also included here. Shores along man-made impoundments (e.g. Kentucky Lake) are classified under Anthropogenic Systems. The natural shoreline communities of Tennessee may be divided into three broad types:

Bedrock Shore

Rubble (Boulder & Cobble) Shore

Unconsolidated (Gravel, Sand, Silt, Mud) Shore