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Wetlands: Swamps, Marshes, and Bogs
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Wetlands: Swamps, Marshes, and Bogs

If you visit a swamp, marsh, or bog, you’re bound to get wet feet. But what distinguishes these three types of wetlands from each other?

You’ll find the answers in the origins and locations of these soggy places as well as their basic vegetation types. Prepare for a squishy adventure!

The Canadian Encyclopedia
Wetland Ecosystems

Wetland Ecosystems

Wetlands filter harmful substances, protect against floods and erosion, and benefit people in many other ways. Discover the facts about bogs, fens, marshes, and swamps. Then, take a quiz. More...

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Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Bigfoot or Animals? Strange Sounds Coming from Swamp on Umatilla Indian Reservation

Bigfoot or Animals? Strange Sounds Coming from Swamp on Umatilla Indian Reservation

Spooky sounds coming from a swamp in northeastern Oregon suggest the legendary Bigfoot — or some other unknown explanation of their origin. Listen! More...

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The Oregonian
Bog

Bog

Sphagnum moss rules in a bog. Carnivorous plants also call bogs home. Check out these cool images of this unique type of wetland. More...

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National Geographic
Fabulous Wetlands

Fabulous Wetlands

Bill Nye is crazy about wetlands. Then again, who wouldn’t be? They clean pollution from water, offer flood control, and support all kinds of wildlife. Watch this wacky video to learn more. More...

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Washington State Department of Ecology
Photo Gallery: Wetlands

Photo Gallery: Wetlands

Check out these photos of a bald cypress swamp, a prairie pothole, the Everglades, a Florida mangrove, a black spruce bog, and other wetlands across North America. More...

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University of California Museum of Paleontology
Protistan Tales of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps

Protistan Tales of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps

Combine storytelling with science to write a tale of the protists of the White Cedar Swamps of the eastern U.S. Click to find the resources you need; then let your imagination run wild! More...

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Carleton College
Swamps

Swamps

Forested wetlands with a spooky reputation, swamps are known by their dominant trees, which vary by location. Some swamps are huge, covering hundred of square miles. Check them out. More...

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NatureWorks
The Floating Marshes of Louisiana: A Unique Ecosystem

The Floating Marshes of Louisiana: A Unique Ecosystem

Hop on an air boat and travel into the bouncy floating marshes of Louisiana, also known as flotant and prairie tremblant. Hard to believe they’re only 15 miles from New Orleans! More...

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U.S. Geological Survey
The Not-So-Mysterious Loss of Salt Marshes and Ecosystem Services

The Not-So-Mysterious Loss of Salt Marshes and Ecosystem Services

For 9 years, scientists pumped an excess of nutrients into a Massachusetts salt marsh. Discover what they learned. More...

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Scientific American

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