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Peat

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peat

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Connected Sites

  • Beemster Polder: De Beemster was formerly a chain of peat bogs (AB ev)
  • Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest: a mosaic of peat bogs, streams and river valleys (UNEP-WCMC)
  • Durmitor National Park: Vegetation zones include .. peat bogs (UNEP - WCMC)
  • Gough and Inaccessible Islands: Inaccessible Isladn: The soil is undeveloped and coarse, mostly covered by thick peat (UNEP-WCMC)
  • High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago: lakes evolve from bays and develop into marshes and peat fens (AB ev)
  • Jelling: Both burial mounds consist of turf/peat.
  • KernavĂ« Archeological Site: the remains of the city were covered with an alluvial earth layer, that formed wet peat and preserved intact the relics
  • Kuk: "The remains of former agricultural practices are mostly buried and preserved underneath deposits that have accumulated in the wetland through ...... in situ peat accumulation" and "comparison of the records and finds from archaeological excavations in the 1970s (following drainage) and in the late 1990s (25 years after drainage for the Station), indicate that only the upper peat layer that accumulated in the last 100 years has been severely degraded" (Nom File)
  • L'Anse aux Meadows: this coastal site which is loacated on a coastline covered by peat bogs" (AB) and "a wooden structure covered with turf taken fran the peat bog" (AB)
  • Laponian Area: "(Sjaunja Nature Reserve) contains the largest mire (peat -based wetland) in all of Western Europe outside the Soviet Union." (AB)
  • Lorentz National Park: freshwater peat swamps (UNEP-WCMC)
  • Macquarie Island: "Vast waterlogged areas on the coastal platform are heavily vegetated, forming a mire based on deep peat beds and known locally as "featherbed" from the sensation gained when walking over them. Old sea stacks testify to the continual uplifting of the island as they protrude through the peat beds, some of them now being several hundred metres from the existing coastline" (see link)  Link
  • Prehistoric Pile Dwellings: The dwellings in FiavĂ© are located in a peat bog
  • Primeval Beech Forests: some peat in the valleys (UNEP-WCMC)
  • Schokland: the reclamation and occupation of peat areas (AB ev)
  • St. Kilda: Cleits - small drystone structures - were used to store peat and turf which were both used as fuel
  • Sub-Antarctic Islands: Auckland Islands "This paper contains a description of the peat soils on part of the Auckland Islands which lie in the South Pacific Ocean approximately 200 miles south of New Zealand. Peat forms a blanket over the surface of the Islands and is the parent material of most of the soils Link
  • Tajik National Park: Karakul (Black Lake): .. with its islands, marshes, wet meadows, peat bogs (wiki)
  • Tasmanian Wilderness: "Some features, such as striped bogs and peat mounds appear to have characteristics that make them globally unique" (Nom File)
  • Te Wahipounamu: "Sizeable open wetlands, including high fertility swamps and low fertility peat bogs, are a particular feature of the South Westland coastal plain." (AB)
  • Tropical Rainforest Sumatra: "the site contains significant and important natural habitats, ranging from coastal, lowland, hill, sub-montane, peat swamp, ......." (Nom File)
  • Virgin Komi Forests: "vast area of conifers, aspens, birches, peat bogs..." (AB)
  • Volcanoes of Kamchatka: peat wetlands covered with crowberry (UNEP-WCMC)

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