Wetlands

(Where water meets land) Lorena, BCMS-G, Summer 2012

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What are wetlands?
• A wetland is a land area that is covered with a shallow layer of water during some, or all of the year. • There are two types of wetlands: freshwater and coastal (contains both fresh and saltwater).

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Discussion Questions
•Everglades National Park & Magnolia Wetlands •What are some of the things you notice about the environment as you watch? •How are the two places similar? Different? •Why do you think humans are restoring the wetlands?

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Describe the 3 types of wetlands.

• The 3 common types of freshwater wetlands are marshes, swamps, and bogs.

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1) Marsh
• Marshes are grassy areas covered by shallow water.

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2) Swamps
• Swamps look like flooded forests, with trees and shrubs sprouting from the water. • They are found in warm humid climates.

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3) Bogs
• Bogs have thick mats of mosses. • Its waters are acidic, and they are found in colder areas in the North.

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Why are wetlands important?
• Wetlands are important to wildlife because it provides habitats for many living things. • Wetlands provide shelter, and a rich supply of nutrients for plants that animals and people eat.

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Importance (2)
• Wetlands are important to people because they act as natural water filters. They also help control floods by absorbing extra runoff from heavy rains.

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