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Journal of Aquatic Science. 2015, 3(1), 6-13
DOI: 10.12691/jas-3-1-2
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Isolated Wetlands: Assessing Their Values & Functions

Mamta Singh1,

1Lamar University, United States

Pub. Date: June 17, 2015

Cite this paper:
Mamta Singh. Isolated Wetlands: Assessing Their Values & Functions. Journal of Aquatic Science. 2015; 3(1):6-13. doi: 10.12691/jas-3-1-2

Abstract

Isolated wetlands are as valuable as non-isolated wetlands when it comes to ecological functions and values. Wetlands perform a variety of functions including flood regulation, nutrient and carbon storage, and provision of plant and animal habitat. Although the present literature supports this claim, it is also clear that much scientific works needs to be done on isolated wetlands, especially in the area of hydrology, and hydraulic connectivity and nutrient retention. Wetlands should be judged on the basis of values and functions they perform and not on the vague notion of isolation. Their loss or destruction will have significant ecological consequences on the wider biotic community.

Keywords:
isolated wetland non-isolated wetland hydraulic connectivity nutrient retention

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