49BOUNCE ON A BOG!

There are four types of wetlands; areas of land that are covered with shallow water for all or part of the year. Each wetland has particular plants that help to identify it.

A Marsh has soft stem plants that grow with roots in the water such as cattails, reeds, bulrushes and arrowhead. Marshes are the most productive wetland, providing breeding and feeding grounds for a variety of wildlife.

A Swamp supports woody plants such as trees and shrubs. Black ash, red maple and white cedar are common swamp species. A Bog has a carpet of spagnum moss along with evergreen trees and shrubs. Bogs take a very long time to form, and never finish evolving. They have poor drainage and naturally acidic soil. A Fen is a lot like a bog but, due to better drainage, the soil is lower in acidity and a wider variety of plant life, such as shrubs, sedges and grasses, can grow.

Bog
Bog
Fen
Fen
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