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Introduction Wetlands can be considered the vital link between water and land The term wetlands is actually a collective term for marshes swamps bogs and similar areas found in generally flat vegetated areas in depressions in the landscape and between dry land and water along the edges of streams rivers lakes and coastlines Wetlands can be found in nearly every county and climatic zone in the United States Because they are so varied wetlands can be difficult to recognize Some are wet all of the time some may look completely dry most of the time Our ideas of what a wetland should look like may not include all types of wetlands Some wetlands are large and some are very small Many have been altered by human activities such as farming ranching and the building of roads dams and towns Wetlands have often been regarded as wastelands-- sources of mosquitoes flies unpleasant odors and disease People thought of wetlands as places to avoid or better yet eliminate Largely because of this negative view more than half of Americas original wetlands have been destroyed-- drained and converted to farmland filled for housing developments and industrial facilities or used to dispose of household and industrial waste Based on research of books written by those who have studied the problem of wetland destruction thoroughly this report examines a the different types of wetlands b the benefits these wetlands offer to the environment and the people around them and c the problems that have arisen through the drainage or other such destruction of these wetlands This report covers four major topics how the term wetlands is divided into several sub-classifications how both the environment and humans alike benefit from wetlands how Americas wetlands have been systematically destroyed and how the future of Americas wetlands can be preserved Collected Data Types of Wetlands Wetlands are characterized as areas that are inundated or saturated by
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