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The Nature HandbookA Guide to Observing the Great Outdoors$
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Ernest H. Williams Jr.

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179293

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179293.001.0001

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WATER AND WETLANDS

WATER AND WETLANDS

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(p.214) 12. WATER AND WETLANDS
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The Nature Handbook
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Ernest H. Williams

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179293.003.0012

The presence of water in a wetland exerts as strong an effect as the lack of water in a desert. Wet-zone vegetation includes plants that are wetland indicators and those with specialized underwater leaves. With their abundant vegetative growth, wetlands support a wide range of animal life, including frogs, turtles, muskrats, and blackbirds. Whether the water is flowing or still, hot or cold, some living things are adapted to live in and near it, and that richness makes wetlands great places for exploration and observation.

Keywords:   vegetation, plants, frogs, turtles, muskrats, blackbirds, leaves

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