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20 Things You Didn’t Know About … Swamps

by David De La Torre

Discover magazine looks at 20 Things You Didn’t Know About … Swamps.

7. There’s been a lot of political talk of “draining the swamp,” but environmentally speaking, that’s a very      bad idea. Wetlands perform crucial functions, including inland flood control and coastal storm buffers.

8. Swamps are also stars when it comes to carbon sequestration. Although wetlands comprise 5 to 8 percent of the planet’s land surface, they’re holding up to 30 percent of Earth’s stored carbon. [more]