California State University, Long Beach
Tsunami and Earthquake Research
When most people think of wetlands the first thing that will pop into their mind will be visions of swamps and flooded plains. These marshy lands would seem to have no purpose, while in reality they are the most precious form of ecosystem that we have in America. Wetlands contribute to biodiversity, clean water, flood control, and provide a habitat for millions of species of plants and animals. Even with all this wetlands still face mass destruction, much like the rain forests they are just as productive. The purpose of this final assignment is to briefly describe how I met the student learning outcomes for the course.
It's windows were merely open spaces in the walls…. What passed for a fence was bits of tree-limbs, broomsticks and tool shafts…. Enclosed by this barricade was a dirty yard…. She was living in a run down home with a bunch of African Americans and which back then was not normal.
Wetland Restoration Most people think they know a wetland when they see one, but the delineation of wetlands for the purpose of granting permits has proven enormously controversial. According to the Environmental Protection Agency EPA , an area is defined as a wetland when a combination of three technical criteria are met: Wetland hydrology land that is saturated within 18 inches of the surface for more than seven days per year , Hydrophytic vegetation a list of plants that will thrive in wet areas , and Hydric soil mucky and peat-based soil. The continual destruction of these valuable lands is due mainly to farmers, oil and mining interests, and development groups Russel, p. Recent concern has led to an increase in wetland restoration and creation to reduce the impacts of activities in or near wetlands, compensate for additional losses, and to restore or replace wetlands already degraded or destroyed Nicholas, p. Wetlands are one of the most valuable assets this world has, but Unfortunately, do to poor public education of wetlands; many wetlands have been either destroyed or turned into farmland.