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Ecosystem – Wetland

Have you ever wondered what wetlands are? Wetlands are areas of land that is completely soaked in water and have water rising up above the land making a big pool of water. Wetlands are on every continent except Antarctica. They are usually found along the coast or near rivers. Wetland consumers consist of panthers, crocodiles, alligators, bears, snakes, hippos, rhinos, rabbits and deer. Even though these are some of the wetland consumers there are many, many more. Wetland producers also consist of many producers such as mangrove trees, cattails, reeds, dogwood, waterlilies, moss, fern, hibiscus and hyacinths. These are only a few of the many wetland producers. Aside from just general wetlands there are some more well known wetlands such as the Everglades in southern Florida and the Pantanal in southern Brazil. Wetlands help us in many different ways. For instance wetlands clean and enrich our oceans and lakes and they contribute to the fertility of surrounding soil by adding minerals to it. People get thing from wetlands too. We get fish, blueberries, timber, wild rice and cranberries from wetlands. There are different types of wetlands. The main types of wetland are bogs, marshes, swamps and fens. Sadly, wetlands only cover 6% of the earth. That’s because humans are draining wetlands for more farmland. Wetlands do so much for us, so I think that we should do more for them.