Wetland Ecosystems

The millions of relatively small wetlands distributed across a glacially formed landscape characterize the prairie pothole region of North America. These pothole wetlands provide essential breeding habitat for mid-continental waterfowl populations in addition to supporting many other wildlife species and performing services (e.g., carbon sequestration, flood-water storage, water quality improvement) of great value to society. The wetlands distributed across the landscape of the prairie pothole region are diverse, ranging from highly saline groundwater discharge wetlands to freshwater recharge wetlands. The wetlands research conducted at NPWRC necessarily reflects the diversity and importance of these valued aquatic systems.

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