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The Wetland Environment I Importance of the Wetland Environment aOne of the most important things about the wetlands is flood control the worlds natural sponges bOther importances of the wetlands that involve water are water purification and hydroelectric damns c Living Output-harvesting of many plants and animals minerals habitats for alot of wildlife support for fisheries homes for some endangered species recharge of ground water importance to the nitrogen cyclebeing that all green plants require nitrogen education sources recreation aesthetics and living museums are just a few very important factors of the wetlands II Types of Wetlands aMarshes-characterized by soft stemmed herbaceous plants like cattails and pickerelweed Most plants are emergantsgrow out of the water Most marshes start out as shallow lakes and depressions bSwamps-mostley dominated by woody plants such as trees and shrubs Soils are saturatedduring the growing season cBogs-these form mostley in glaciated areas of the Northeast North Central states and Canada They are mostley peatlands which lack overlaying layer of mineral soils Peat is formed by build-up and gradual decomposition of plant material Peat preserves records in forms of fossil pollens dRivers and Streams-flowing water and currents Mostley Southeast rivers contain large amounts of energy-rich organic sediments Support of alot aquatic organisms eLakes and Ponds-vary in size and are standing bodies of water Many of them have been built by peoplem and sometimes they are built for profitable reasons such as growing fish and aquatic plants and also water for
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