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Wetlands

            It is a type of freshwater biome that develops at the place where fresh or salt water and land meet. It includes marshes, swamps, and bogs. Wetlands are located in almost all parts of the world. Bogs are usually located in regions where temperatures are cool for much of the year. Marshes and swamps are usually located near coastal areas in warmer climates.

            Swamps and marshes differ in the size of plant life they will support. Marshes have small plants such as reeds, cattails, and grasses. Swamps contain such larger plants as cypress trees and Spanish moss, as well as shrubs and water lilies. A variety of waterfowl and shorebirds live in swamps and marshes. These wetlands also provide shelter to animals such as muskrats, frogs, turtles, snakes, alligators, fish and raccoons.

            Large numbers of insects, such as beetles, dragonflies, and mosquitoes, are common in bogs. Bogs also have a variety of plants that grow well in the organically rich, partially decayed plant material called peat. Peat forms much of the bog soil. One of the most usually bog plants is the pitcher plant which captures and digests insects.

 

 

Earth and water, if not blatantly abused, can be made to produce again and again for the benefit of all.. The key is wise stewardship.

~Stewart L. Udall