Wetlands: characteristics and boundaries

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National Academy Press, 1995 - Business & Economics - 307 pages
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This book explores how to define wetlands. It discusses the diverse and beneficial hydrological and ecological functions of wetlands; presents criteria for identifying wetlands; and explores the problems of applying those criteria when there are seasonal changes in water levels, in riparian areas, and in other circunstances.

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Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
1
ECOLOGY OF WETLAND ECOSYSTEMS
20
HISTORY AND SCIENTIFIC BASIS
43
PAST AND CURRENT PRACTICE
65
WATER SUBSTRATE
90
ESPECIALLY CONTROVERSIAL WETLANDS
149
REGION ALIZATION
168
MAPS IMAGES AND MODELING IN THE ASSESSMENT
190
FUNCTIONAL ASSESSMENT OF WETLANDS
215
REFERENCES
227
APPENDIXES
234
A SOIL TAXONOMY
253
GLOSSARY
284
COMMITTEE ON WETLANDS CHARACTERIZATION
291
INDEX
297
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ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES
207

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