S: Why Wetlands are important
FC: WETLANDS EMILY ANNE PETERSON NOVEMBER SEVENTH JAY M. ROBEINSON HIGH SCHOOL EES/ MRS. KNIGHT
1: Wetlands. Your teachers always drone on and on about them, but they only ever talk about what's happening to them, what lives in them, this poses the question; What are wetlands? | Well, the wetlands are pretty much just land that got super flooded, and it kinda just stayed that way. These watered down worlds of ours come with names other than wetlands too: Swamps, marshes, fens and bogs.
2: Now that you know all of these super fabulous names for all of these super awesome places, I bet that now you're wondering what they look like huh? Well unless you've completely ignored the cover art and other pictures so far, here's how they look. So basically all marshes and bogs are full of the same things: high grasses, tons of water, and land that squished and sinks when you step onto it. | And here's a picture of one too.
3: Now that we all know how utterly fabulous and cool the wetlands are, who wants to hear how they're made? . . . Guys, contain yourselves, please. | So whenever an area has a lot of rain, like, a LOT of rain, then the area will become flooded for a while. And even after nature or Man (or Woman) has drained the area, it stays flooded. The land has become waterlogged and deamed unusable by The Man (or The Woman).
4: Now that we all know how these ultra cool wetlands are made, let's see who knows how many were made in this world! | These are pictures of the Shaw Creek wetlands, a very big wetland in the Rio Grande. It's a very big place for bird watchers and fishers to go.
5: And in these lovely wetlands live some lovely creatures too. | This is a blue heron, very common in North Carolina wetlands. | And this . . . Well, actually this is just a frog . . . how exotic.
6: Not just animals inhabit these wonderlands, plants gotta live somewhere too! | Always a favorite, the Venus Fly Trap! How stunningly terrifying. | Ah the Gerber daisy. Always a great thing to rip out of the ground at the last minute on Mother's Day. | Water lilies are always in abundance in a marsh. | *Cattails can be found in any marsh anywhere. *rest of the cat not included
7: Now that you know even MORE about the wetlands, let's see why they're oh so very important. | Well for starters; The wetlands house, like, a million different plants and animals. So without our precious wetlands, where would all of our cute little animals be? | Please, think of the hobos.
8: You see, The Man wants to get rid of all of these super-mega foxy-awesome-hot swamps . . . | . . . Okay so maybe he doesn't want to get rid of them all, but he 's getting rid of them anyway. | See, we all want a house to live in right? A mall to shop at? A school to go to? Okay, that last ones kinda iffy, but still. | Well, we can't have all of those things unless we fill up the swamps and marshes. We need to make room for everything somehow. And since it isn't our homes being destroyed, The Man is okay with getting rid of a few beaver's houses.
9: So unless we all want to live in empty fields with bugs and snakes and other lovely critters, we're going to have to live with the fact that we're destroying the wetlands by filling them in, draining, and building over them.
10: Every time we drain a wetland, we're taking away the homes of helpless creatures. | But we don't know if these creatures will ever find a new home. We don't even know if they'll survive the destruction of their old home! | If the animals can't find a new home, food, or other animals like themselves, then they're pretty much as good as dead, aren't they?
11: The moral of both this and the last page being that when we destroy the wetlands, we're destroying their inhabitants too.
12: I bet you've all heard about some kind of group or club or some other nice way to say cult, saying that they're going to protect the wetlands. | But what are they really going to do? Type up a nice little treaty between the Earth and architects? I'm sorry, if you don't agree with me, but is a piece of paper really going to stop bulldozers and cranes? No.
13: And to all of those kids on Disney Channel who think that they're helping; Yeah, what your doing is really more cute than anything. In a couple of years The Man's just going to come in and ruin all of your hard work. | So to end this lovely two page rant, the only real way to protect them, at least in my angry opinion, is to go down there and just not let The Man into the marshes. You just can't beat a good old fashioned protest.
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