Wetlands

Authored by: Ralph W. Tiner

Encyclopedia of Natural Resources

Print publication date:  July  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9781439852583
eBook ISBN: 9781351043847
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-ENRL-120015639

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Abstract

Wetland is a universal term used to describe a variety of flooded or saturated environments. Given that wetlands include a diverse assemblage of ecosystems, classification schemes have been developed to separate and describe these different systems and to group similar habitats. Wetlands provide a number of functions that are considered valuable to society. The purpose of this entry is to provide an understanding of what wetlands are, how they vary globally, and their extent as determined by various inventories.

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