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What Makes Wetlands?

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2013
1. What Makes Wetlands? Marker
Inscription.
The basic characteristic of a wetland is water-logged soil or a shallow layer of water. Wetlands include mudflats, tidal marshes, bogs, ponds and swamps.

A Freshwater Tidal Marsh
The wetland at Fort Mifflin is a fresh-water tidal marsh. A powerful tide rolls up the Delaware River from the Atlantic twice daily. Saltwater does not mix with fresh water this far up-river.

Wetland Benefits
In colonial times, people feared wetlands as sources of disease and “poisonous vapors.” Until fairly recently, people considered wetlands worthless because they weren’t useful for building upon or farming.

During the 20th century, marshes and swamps were aggressively drained and filled throughout the United States.

Today, people increasingly understand their importance and are trying to save remaining wetlands from destruction. At Fort Mifflin, we are making efforts to restore and maintain the wetland habitat.

Wetlands:
• Are natural purifying systems. Organisms that live in the mud filter toxins and wastes out of water.
• Absorb rain, then release water slowly, reducing the impact of flooding caused by storms.
• Retain water, which then recharges groundwater supplies.
• Absorb the energy of waves with thick vegetation, reducing erosion of river banks.
• Are
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By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2013
2. What Makes Wetlands? Marker
animal nurseries, providing safe havens for bearing and rearing young.
 
Location. 39° 52.51′ N, 75° 12.72′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from W Fort Mifflin Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is on the most on the east side of Fort Mifflin. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19153, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Native Plants of Fort Mifflin (a few steps from this marker); Main Gate / Flag (a few steps from this marker); Expert Fishers of Fort Mifflin (a few steps from this marker); Muddy Island in the Marsh (a few steps from this marker); Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Casemates or Bombproofs (within shouting distance of this marker); Arsenal (within shouting distance of this marker); Quartermaster’s Store (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .  The Fort that saved America. The Official Website of Fort Mifflin on the Delaware. (Submitted on November 11, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Natural Resources
 
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By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2013
3. Marker at Fort Mifflin
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 253 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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