The Power of Wetland Plants

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Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey Wetland and Aquatic Research Center study important aspects of wetlands, such as the flow and quality of water, the chemistry of soil, and the plants and animals which call this ecosystem home. The plants found in wetlands are known as hydrophytic vegetation and they play a crucial role in supporting this entire ecosystem. In this video, we learn about the many benefits of healthy wetland plants.


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Location Taken: Gulf of Mexico, US

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No additional permissions needed. Footage by USGS WARC and CWPPRA staff. Music royalty free from Script and voice by Kelly Guilbeau (Contractor for USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center).


Let’s talk about hydrophytic vegetation. Hydrophytic is a term scientists at the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center use to talk about wetland plants! Hydrophytic means “water loving” and describes the plants which have adapted to grow in the anaerobic, or low-oxygen, conditions associated with continuous flooding. Each wetland plant species provides important habitat for everything from bacteria and algae to invertebrates, fish, and birds. These plants and their roots play a crucial role in stabilizing shorelines, filtering water, and providing an overall indicator of the health of the wetland! Wow, that hydrophytic vegetation really is something!

Stay tuned for next week’s video where we’ll explore why wetlands matter!