Types of wetlands
Defined by grasses and soft herbaceous plants which grow there. May be found inland near rivers or as tidal salt marshes near the coast.
Ecosystems dominated by trees or woody shrubs, growing in water deep enough to row a boat through. Contain nutrient rich sediment and soil.
Mostly made of peat and spongy moss. Gets most water from rainfall. Contain nutrient deficient soil. Always acidic. Only specially adapted creatures can survive here.
Gets most water from ground water, such as glacier runoff. More nutritious soil than a bog, capable of supporting more diverse ecosystems. Water may be weakly acidic, neutral, or alkaline.
Any wetland area which forms peat. Bogs and fens are types or mire, but some marshes also qualify.
A floating mire.
Only seasonally wet. May contain distinctive organisms, adapted to survive long periods of dryness. Usually no fish, so they may be full of amphibians.
Just a reminder that 2020 is the UN's International Year of Plant Health. This year is all about raising awareness on how the health of plants can help people affected by hunger and poverty. Healthy wild plants are also vital to preserving the environment and biodiversity of both plants and animals.
Earth is a garden, and all of us are intimately connected with it. Try to keep this thought in your mind this year.
Most carnivorous plant species live exclusively in wetlands habitats, where the lack of soil nutrients is what caused them to adapt to catch insects. Many have extremely small natural ranges. The venus flytrap is native only to coastal bogs in North and South Carolina. The cobra lily is only found wild in bogs with cold running water in Oregon and Northern California.
The parable of The Blind Men and The Elephant isn't great but it's interesting how directly it applies to Mastodon and the wider fediverse given the elephant connection.
We all see our little corner of fedi as determined by our follows and federated timeline, but more often than not, it's never enough to understand the whole system, and no two people see the same network.
The Milky Seas Effect is an ocean phenomenon where huge patches of water glow blue, brightly enough to be seen from orbit. From the surface, the sea would glow from horizon to horizon for days.
It's called "milky" because old accounts describe it as white. It's actually blue, but human eyes aren't very good in low light.
It's probably caused by some kind of bioluminescent bacteria, but no one's sure exactly what kind. No known bacteria match what we see.
Inflation really is a strange idea. As if there's any valid reason why things should just arbitrarily cost more over time.
Apparently, it dates back to times when currencies were based on gold. Governments would collect older gold coins and melt them down. They'd alloy them with cheaper metals like copper and re-cast them, then recirculate them at the same nominal value. More coins with no increase in the actual amount of gold, with each coin at a lower value.
The governments would make money from this – there would effectively be more money in circulation but it would cost less, per coin, to produce. Relative value decreases, and so things cost more.
It's all smoke and mirrors, so that a few at the top can effectively get money for nothing.
I think any post-capitalist system would do away with strange contrivances like inflation and aim for equilibrium, instead of chasing the fairy tale that they can somehow just keep making more and more money forever. Let's be honest, after a certain point you simply don't need more. No one does. If even your most extravagant needs are being met, there's no legitimate reason to want any more. It's just greed, pure and simple.
I like plants more than people 🌱 Probably not an actual supervillain. Probably.
Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.