Wonderful Watery Wetlands - Part 2

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Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey Wetland and Aquatic Research Center (www.usgs.gov/warc) 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. In this video, we learn about the variety of ways water can be studied, and how that water is a part of a larger system of soils, plants, and animals. Take a ride on an airboat through a mangrove-filled wetland and learn about this wonderfully watery world. 

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Length: 00:01:10

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 www.bensound.com. Script and voice by Kelly Guilbeau (Contractor for USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center).


You might have guessed that water plays a pretty important role in wetland habitats. Hydrology is the study of the movement of water, and wetland ecologists at the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center wade through all kinds of wetlands to identify where the water is coming from, how much water is there, how long the water stays in the area, and how it leaves. Understanding the hydrology of a system is important because if precipitation or flooding has increased or decreased, or the tides or groundwater have shifted, everything else in the system – like the soils, the plants, and the critters - might be impacted. By studying the quality, quantity, and flow of water in wetlands, we can better understand these dynamic ecosystems and how they might respond to environmental changes.

Stay tuned for next week’s video where we’ll dig into the soils of wetlands!