Wetlands include swamps, marshes, bogs, riverbanks, mangroves, floodplains, rice fields—and anywhere else, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that saturation with water is the dominant factor determining the nature of soil development and the types of plant and animal communities there. They are widespread in every country and on every continent except Antarctica. If all the world’s wetlands were put together, they would take up an area one-third larger than the United States. [Read on: Why Are Wetlands So Important to Preserve?]
Besides the importance of saving unique nature sites with unique flora and fauna, swamps contain an enormous amount of organic material. When the water resides, this will start rotting, releasing a gigantic amount of CO2 into the air – the worst greenhouse gas.
My friend Roland Witte sees wetlands like this:
Normally he puts more color into his art. Like here: