A bog may not sound like a thing of beauty. But peat marshes like Fochteloërveen in the Netherlands are not only home to unique flora – they also protect our climate by locking in carbon dioxide.
A bog may not sound like a thing of beauty. But peat marshes like this one, Fochteloërveen in the Netherlands, can be magical expanses of water and vegetation, including flora found nowhere else – such as specially adapted orchids and carnivorous plants, and provide a haven for nesting birds. But they also serve another purpose, vital for all life on earth – sequestering carbon. Peat is made up of partially decayed vegetation that locks in carbon dioxide, reducing atmospheric levels.
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