Swamp, marsh, and bog
Damman, Antoni W. H. Department of Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut.
Last reviewed:January 2021
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Wet flatlands, where mesophytic vegetation is areally more important than open water. Swamps, marshes, and bogs are commonly developed in filled lakes, glacial pits and potholes (see illustration), and poorly drained coastal plains or floodplains. Swamp is a term usually applied to a wetland where trees and shrubs are an important part of the vegetative association, and bog implies lack of solid foundation. Some bogs consist of a thick zone of vegetation floating on water. See also: Bog; Wetland
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