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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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While Beggs does not directly mention the bogland, the scene depicted is praised for its stunning picturesque beauty.
39) Seamus Heaney's bog poems are a notable example of the turn toward Catholic recognition of bogland as national symbols of struggle in the twentieth century.
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Bogland near Emyvale, Co Monaghan, where 17-year-old Columba McVeigh, from Donaghmore, Co Tyrone, was said to have been buried after his murder in 1975
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The word carr means a wet area or peat bog, and the Prestwick site was formed when depressions left after the last Ice Age filled with water to form a mosaic of ponds, meres, swamp, fen and bogland.
As part of the project sitka spruce, a variety of conifer, and rhododendron bushes will be removed from bogland areas.
Digging got under way this afternoon at the bogland site and sniffer dogs were brought in to help.
Gardai confirmed the dig took place in Co Donegal, understood to be on bogland near Cashelard, near Ballyshannon.
His 1969 poem Bogland, which he dedicated to Flanagan after the painter inspired him to pen it, appeared on the order of service.
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