wetland

A wetland is a land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, such that it takes on the characteristics of a distinct ecosystem. The primary factor that distinguishes wetlands from other land forms or water bodies is the characteristic vegetation of aquatic plants, adapted to the unique hydric soil. Wetlands play a number of roles in the environment, principally water purification, flood control, carbon sink and shoreline stability. Wetlands are also considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems, serving as home to a wide range of plant and animal life. Wetlands occur naturally on every continent except Antarctica, the largest includes the Amazon River basin, the West Siberian Plain, and the Pantanal in South America. The water found in wetlands can be freshwater, brackish, or saltwater. The main wetland types include swamps, marshes, bogs, and fens; and sub-types include mangrove, carr, pocosin, and varzea. The UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment determined that environmental degradation is more prominent within wetland systems than any other ecosystem on Earth. International conservation efforts are being used in conjunction with the development of rapid assessment tools to inform people about wetland issues. Constructed wetlands can be used to treat municipal and industrial wastewater as well as stormwater runoff.
River flooding. - River flooding. Fog.
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River flooding.

Added yesterday by Zeta

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Tree by the pond. - Tree leaning over the pond.
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Tree by the pond.

Added 2 days ago by Zeta

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House on stilts. - House on stilts on the river.
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House on stilts.

Added 2 days ago by Zeta

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Boat on the river. - Purple boat on the river.
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Boat on the river.

Added 2 days ago by Zeta

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Geese at the pond. - A flock of geese at the pond ...
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Geese at the pond.

Added 4 days ago by Grażyna

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After the storm - An image after the August storm
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After the storm

Added 4 days ago by Michalina

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SUncheon Bay. Swamp. - Suncheon Bay. Ecological Park.
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SUncheon Bay. Swamp.

Added 6 days ago by Zeta

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Lake in Slovenia. - Mountain lake in Slovenia.
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Lake in Slovenia.

Added 8 days ago by Zeta

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Descent to the beach. - Sandy descent to the beach.
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Descent to the beach.

Added 9 days ago by Zeta

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kyoto garden - this is kyoto garden at Holland park in London.
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kyoto garden

Added 10 days ago by marius

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Japanese garden. - Pond in a Japanese garden.
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Japanese garden.

Added 2 weeks ago by Zeta

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Wet forest. - Wet forest. Tolkien's atmosphere.
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Wet forest.

Added 2 weeks ago by Zeta

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Anglers on the lake. - Anglers on a misty lake.
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Anglers on the lake.

Added 2 weeks ago by Zeta

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landscape - forest, trees, stream, moss
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landscape

Added 2 weeks ago by sandra

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Wooden bridge. - A wooden bridge in a misty forest.
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Wooden bridge.

Added 2 weeks ago by Zeta

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Pond in the park. - Pond in the park. The reflection of trees.
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Pond in the park.

Added 2 weeks ago by Zeta

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Gray heron. - Gray heron by the lake.
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Gray heron.

Added 2 weeks ago by Zeta

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Lane in the spring park. - Lane in the spring park.
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Lane in the spring park.

Added 2 weeks ago by Zeta

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Landscape - colorful jigsaw puzzle
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Landscape

Added 3 weeks ago by andi

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Lilly above the canal. - Bench by the canal in Amsterdam.
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Lilly above the canal.

Added 3 weeks ago by Zeta

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mountain landscape - mountain landscape, lake, mirror image
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mountain landscape

Added 3 weeks ago by sandra

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Landscape - colorful jigsaw puzzle
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Landscape

Added 4 weeks ago by andi

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Landscape - colorful jigsaw puzzle
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Landscape

Added 4 weeks ago by andi

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Sunrise - sunrise over meadows, morning fog
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Sunrise

Added 4 weeks ago by sandra

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Mirror reflection. - Mirror reflection in the lake.
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Mirror reflection.

Added month ago by Zeta

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Iowa landscape. - Summer landscape in Iowa.
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Iowa landscape.

Added month ago by Zeta

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spring landscape - spring backwaters over Biebrza
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spring landscape

Added month ago by sandra

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spring landscape - spring backwaters, meadows, rural landscape
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spring landscape

Added month ago by sandra

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spring landscape - spring backwaters. puddles, way through the mud
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spring landscape

Added month ago by sandra

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A boat on the pond. - Boat on the pond at the pier.
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A boat on the pond.

Added month ago by Zeta

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Spring in the forest - forest tree river spring nature
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Spring in the forest

Added month ago by edyta

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forest lake - forest, lake, trees, resting place
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forest lake

Added month ago by sandra

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