What do Assateague Wild Horses Drink?

A Freshwater Oasis

Freshwater Pond for Drinking Water on Assateague Island
Freshwater Pond for Drinking Water on Assateague Island

The following is transcribed from one of the many informational signs/plaques that are found throughout the Assteague Islannd National Seashore:

Freshwater Oasis Information SichNaturally occurring freshwater ponds are scattered through Assateague’s forest zone. They usually form shallow depressions between old dunes or in low areas that extend below the water table. There exposed freshwater pockets float on top of heavier salt water and are replenished by rainfall.

Protected from harsh winds by the thick vegetation, ponds provide shelter and essential drinking water for many island dwellers.

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