Wetlands performs a variety of functions on several levels. These
functions are a great benefit to human pursuits and to natural
systems. Not all wetlands perform every function nor do they perform
them at the same level. The differences in the performance of
functions is the result of the variety of wetland types. These
differences are further emphasized by variations between individual
wetlands within a specific type.
is still much about wetlands that is not known. There is a lot
to be learned about the role of these resources in the landscape
and how humans and natural systems benefit from their presence.
More study is needed before it can be fully understood how these
complex ecosystems perform their varied functions.
remaining wetlands, unfortunately, are following the trend of
wetlands throughout the rest of the nation and are disappearing.
With the loss of these ecosystems comes the loss of their valuable
functions and the loss of opportunities to study them.
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Introduction | Biological
| Threatened & Endangered Species |
Hydrological Functions | Water
Quality | Ground Water Recharge | Terrestrial
Functions | Aesthetics & Recreation
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