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bog,

very old lake without inlet or outlet that becomes acid and is gradually overgrown with a characteristic vegetation (see swampswamp,
shallow body of water in a low-lying, poorly drained depression, usually containing abundant plant growth dominated by trees, such as cypress, and high shrubs. Swamps develop in moist climates, generally in such places as low-lying coastal plains, floodplains of rivers,
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). Peat moss, or sphagnumsphagnum
or peat moss,
any species of the large and widely distributed genus Sphagnum, economically the most valuable moss. Sphagnums, the principal constituent of peat, typically grow as a floating mat on freshwater bogs.
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, grows around the edge of the open water of a bog (peatpeat,
soil material consisting of partially decomposed organic matter, found mainly in swamps and bogs in various parts of the northern temperate zone but also in some semitropical and tropical regions.
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 is obtained from old bogs) and out on the surface. With its continued growth, the moss forms a mat on the water in which other bog plants find a foothold, and humus and soil are slowly built up on the body of the water. Because of this formation bogs are sometimes treacherous (quaking bogs shake under the weight of a man) and have occasionally resulted in fatalities when a man or animal breaks through the vegetative crust. Because of their extreme acidity, bogs form a natural preservative and have been found to be a valuable repository of animals and plants of earlier times. Typical bog plants of today include, besides sphagnum, many orchids, the pitcher plant, the sundew, and the cranberry (old bogs are utilized for cranberry cultivation). Because of the reclamation of old bog lands by drainage and by their natural filling in, bogs in America are becoming rare, and with them their unique flora and fauna. One example of the latter is the bog turtle, Clemmys muhlenbergi, a tiny animal with a black, sculptured shell and orange head markings. The bog turtle has disappeared from most of its original habitat in the middle Atlantic states. Another consequence of the drainage and filling of bogs is the decreased water-holding capacity of the land, resulting in rapid run-off during rains and the increased siltation of rivers and streams.

bog

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(ecology)
A plant community that develops and grows in areas with permanently waterlogged peat substrates. Also known as moor; quagmire.

bog

Wet, soft, and spongy ground, where the soil is composed mainly of decayed and decaying vegetable matter.

bog

Describes the undercarriage getting stuck in soft ground while taxiing. “The aircraft has bogged down in the mud.”

bog

wet spongy ground consisting of decomposing vegetation, which ultimately forms peat
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Yesterday Sean stood on the edge of a dirt track running the length of the bogland as his brother's removal took place.
Speaking this week Kevin Donlon who is project manager for the Life project claims that the scheme aims at restoring over 12,000 hectares of bogland nationwide.
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Clonmacnoise and West Offaly Railway at Blackwater, Shannonbridge, offers a guided five and a half miles circular tour by rail which gives visitors an insight into one of the most important boglands in Ireland.
But the dry weather also brings its dangers and the public have been asked to take care to prevent wildfires visiting forests and bogland.
It stopped short of calling for a ban on all turf cutting in Ireland - just on 4% of the total area of bogland.
Ahead lay four-and-a-half days of biking up hills, through valleys and across wild, open bogland.
Despite the colder weather, a lack of rain has left forests, gorse, heather and bogland in tinderbox condition.
5million in bogland has been jailed for three years.
THE brother of a newlywed murdered and secretly buried by the IRA has expressed hope of finally finding his body ahead of fresh searches commencing in remote bogland in the Irish Republic yesterday.
The fire, which swept across a hectare of bogland, was reported at 5.
In Bogland (1969), he invoked the metaphor of the well-preserved bodies of people from the Iron Age, found in peat bogs in Ireland and Denmark.