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Conserving Canada’s Wetlands

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Learn about wetlands

Shallow open water

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Open Water

Open Water wetlands have water depths less than two metres, yet are too deep for emergent marsh vegetation to establish. Visually, these wetlands appear to be shallow lakes, although floating-leaved and submerged aquatic vegetation are common in more nutrient-rich settings.

Ecological Benefits

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Aquatic Bed

Types of Open Water Wetlands

Identifying Characteristics

Vegetation

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Mudflat

Hydrology

Soil