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Annapolis River - For peat’s sake

The ecology of peat bog

More on the Annapolis River:
Annapolis River:
Land of Evangeline

Apple Core:
Orchard blossoms in the valley

Fourteenth Colony:
An extension of New England

First Colony:
The beginning of European settlement in Canada

Grand Dérangement:
Deportation of the Acadians

For peat’s sake:
The ecology of peat bogs

Slippery business:
Eels and other catches of the Annapolis

Steal away:
Destination on the underground railway

Waste water is cleansed by the sun

The peat bogs of the Annapolis River valley form slowly from the decay of vegetation without oxygen. Some peat bogs are over 10,000 years old, dating from the last glaciation.

Dried peat is used as a soil conditioner. To harvest peat, a network of ditches is dug to drain it of moisture - a process which takes decades. Only a few centimetres of peat can be harvested from the surface every year.

Peat moss is 95 per cent water. It is black and feels like putty in the hand. The poorly drained peat bogs are the habitat for plants with unusually picturesque names such as Labrador-tea, lambkill, leather-leaf, orchids, pitcher plants, sundew, and cotton-grass.

The peat bogs are teeming with wildlife as home to salamanders, jumping mice, shrews, lemmings, beaver, mink, muskrat, and painted turtles.

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