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FUNCTIONS OF

WETLANDS


Wetlands provide food sources for thousands of species, including humans.

Wetlands are the principal habitat for migratory waterfowl.

Wetlands hold water like sponges and prevent soil erosion.

Wetlands provide crucial habitats for a multitude of plant and animal species.

Wetlands replenish ground water supplies with cleaner water after filtering it.

Wetlands are important in preserving biological diversity.

Wetlands are important habitat for endangered and threatened plants and animals.

Wetlands recharge aquifers and provide water for urban and agricultural use.

Wetlands provide for fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation.

Wetlands help control flooding and flood damage.

Wetlands provide direct spawning and rearing habitats for fisheries.

Wetlands absorb and filter pollutants that would contaminate
ground water, rivers, lakes and estuaries. 

They are the "kidneys of the environment."


Read the list  s-l-o-w-l-y , and think about each item as you read it. 

Every single wetland function on that list is of major importance!

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WETLANDS

TYPES OF WETLANDS

WETLANDS FUNCTIONS

WETLANDS LOSS

WETLANDS RECOVERY

WETLANDS RESOURCES


 


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