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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.
Orthodox. - Orthodox church by the river at sunset.
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Orthodox.

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Cottage on the island. - Cottage on an island on the lake.
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Cottage on the island.

Added 4 days ago by Zeta

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Log house. - Log house by the lake.
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Log house.

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On the upper Nile - On the upper Nile near Aswan.
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On the upper Nile

Added 4 days ago by Mila

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Boats at the pier. - Boats at the pier on the lake.
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Boats at the pier.

Added 5 days ago by Zeta

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Czarna Hańcza. - Czarna Hańcza. Masuria.
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Czarna Hańcza.

Added week ago by Zeta

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Summer on the Elbe. - Summer on the Elbe. Czech Republic.
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Summer on the Elbe.

Added week ago by Zeta

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A house by the lake. - A house by the lake in Sweden.
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A house by the lake.

Added 8 days ago by Zeta

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The coast of Denmark. - The coast of Denmark. Island of Fyns.
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The coast of Denmark.

Added 13 days ago by Zeta

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A marina by the lake. - A marina by the lake.
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A marina by the lake.

Added 2 weeks ago by Zeta

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Views in Iceland - Beautiful views of Iceland
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Views in Iceland

Added 2 weeks ago by Mila

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A quiet corner. - A quiet, green corner.
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A quiet corner.

Added 2 weeks ago by Zeta

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Swans - Dubiecko, swans on the pond
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Swans

Added 3 weeks ago by Mila

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west over the lagoon - reservoir on the Wisłok River
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west over the lagoon

Added 3 weeks ago by Mila

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Gliwicki Canal - The Gliwicki Canal in Kędzierzyn-Koźle
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Gliwicki Canal

Added 3 weeks ago by Maria 47

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Summer sunset. - Summer sunset at the lake.
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Summer sunset.

Added 3 weeks ago by Zeta

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Kapias Gardens - Kapias Gardens in Goczałkowice
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Kapias Gardens

Added 3 weeks ago by Maria 47

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Choczewskie lake - Sunset at the lake in Choczewo
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Choczewskie lake

Added 3 weeks ago by ha ha

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Pond in Licheń. - Pond in Licheń. Poland.
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Pond in Licheń.

Added 3 weeks ago by Zeta

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Lubaczówka River - The river Lubaczówka - very picturesque.
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Lubaczówka River

Added 3 weeks ago by Mila

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wooden bridge - Nature reserve Segiet / Tarnowskie Góry
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wooden bridge

Added 4 weeks ago by Leo

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Walk along the causeway. - Afternoon walk along the causeway.
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Walk along the causeway.

Added 4 weeks ago by Zeta

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Path along the canal. - Path along the canal.
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Path along the canal.

Added 4 weeks ago by Zeta

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Korecki Wiktor - Wiktor Korecki (Kamieniec Podolski 1890 - Komorów near Warsaw 1980) - a landscape painter - he grad
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Korecki Wiktor

Added 4 weeks ago by Jeżyna

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A canal among trees. - A channel flowing among trees.
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A canal among trees.

Added 4 weeks ago by Zeta

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Bridge over the canal. - White bridge over the canal.
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Bridge over the canal.

Added 4 weeks ago by Zeta

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Lake among fields. - Lake among fields. Summer.
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Lake among fields.

Added month ago by Zeta

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Warta River. - An old, Polish, forked village.
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Warta River.

Added month ago by Zeta

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Painting - colorful jigsaw puzzle
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Painting

Added month ago by andi

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Painting - colorful jigsaw puzzle
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Painting

Added month ago by andi

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Landscape - colorful jigsaw puzzle
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Landscape

Added month ago by andi

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Superior Wisconsin - Superior Wisconsin. The first known inhabitants of Douglas County were the mound builders. These peo
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Superior Wisconsin

Added month ago by Jeżyna

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Painting - colorful jigsaw puzzle
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Painting

Added 2 months ago by andi

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