Acidic peatlands characterized by sphagnum mosses, sedges, ericaceous shrubs, and a scattered growth of stunted black spruce or tamarack. Floristically and functionally, â€œmuskegâ€ is very similar to â€œbogâ€, but differs structurally owing to the sparse growth of coniferous trees.
A water soaked form of peat, sphagnum moss, one to three meters thick, found on top of the overburden.
A type of bog that has developed over thousands of years in depressions, on flat areas, and on gentle to steep slopes. These bogs have poorly drained, acidic, organic soils supporting vegetation that can be (1) predominantly sphagnum moss; (2) herbaceous plants, sedges, and rushes; (3) predominantly sedges and rushes; or (4) a combination of sphagnum moss and herbaceous plants. These bogs may have some shrub and stunted conifers, but not enough to classify them as forested lands.
Grassy swamp land.
wetland in boreal forests, typified by sphagnum moss which accumulates to form peat, and black spruce
The Alaskan name for a swamp or bog. Characterized by waterlogged soils, impermeable substrate, acidic water and plants such as sphagnum moss and sedges. The acidic water flow from muskegs accelerates development of subsurface karst.
1. a bog characterized by scattered and stunted evergreens. 2. broadly, any area of wetland vegetation (Morris 1992).
a bog in North America commonly having sphagnum, sedge, and sometimes stunted black spruce
Wet, spongy ground; a synonym for bog.
A swamp or bog formed by the accumulation of moss, leaves and decayed matter such as peat.
a marshy deposit of partly decayed vegetable matter characteristic of northern regions
Large areas of peatlands and bogs most often found in Canada and Alaska.
Poorly drained marshes or swamps found overlying permafrost.
1) An expanse of acid peatland with Black Spruce ( Picea mariana) and an understory of low ericaceous shrubs, such as Leatherleaf ( Chamædaphne calyculata) in more open areas and Labrador Tea ( Ledum groenlandicum) beneath the spruce. 2) A lake
A swamp or bog occurring in depressions in poorly drained alluvial or glacial terrain in northern Canada or the United States. The depression usually accumulates a saturated, highly compressible mixture of mineral particles and decaying vegetal matter, topped by a hummocky surface of sphagnum moss, and incapable of supporting heavy loads or traffic. In the colder and wetter parts of Alaska, these accumulations spread widely over low-amplitude terrain and are not confined to depressions.
Muskeg is a soil type (also a peatland or wetland type called a bog) common in arctic and boreal areas. Muskeg consists of dead plants in various states of decomposition (i.e., peat), ranging from fairly intact sphagnum moss, to sedge peat, to highly decomposed muck. Pieces of wood such as buried tree branches can make up 5 to 15 percent of the peat soil.