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a. an area of swampy or marshy land, esp considered as part of an ecological system
b. (as modifier): wetland species


An area that is inundated or saturated by surface or groundwater at a frequency and duration sufficient to support a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions. Wetlands generally include swamps, marshes, bogs, and similar areas.
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Long-term changes in topsoil chemical properties under centuries of cultivation after reclamation of coastal wetlands in the Yangtze Estuary China.
Sociodemographic variables defining the finite mixture probabilities are comprised of household income and the Likert-scale response indicating the importance of coastal wetland restoration.
Comparison of water salinities at RAK's four coastal wetlands, taken on 10.
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171) The standard for the surface restoration duty proposed herein conforms to this objective, resulting in a sustainable coastal wetland balanced against the cost of perfect restoration.
Long before Katrina, coastal wetlands were disappearing because of considerable human influence and disruption in the natural processes of a deltaic coast.
One lesson that can be derived from these recent disasters is the critical role of coastal wetlands in protecting inland areas.
This coastal wetland is disappearing at a rate of 25 square miles per year.
According to studies carried by the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in Britain, 40-50 percent of the world's remaining coastal wetlands will be lost by 2080, due to a combination of drainage for agriculture, urban sprawl, and the effects of a 1-meter sea level rise.
Furthermore, projects initiated under the Coastal Wetland Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act of 1990 (CWPPRA) are designed to eliminate further losses and to reverse past losses through a wide range of techniques such as water and sediment diversion, revegetation, and canal closure.
Since human population and development pressures are intense in southern California, strong measures are needed to protect remaining coastal wetland habitats.
This is alarming in view of the coastal wetland loss rate in the United States estimated by Alexander et al.

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