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Term Swamp

Area of frequent flooding, full of soft mud through which water flows or converges, and that typically contains the kind of vegetation and tress that grow in wetlands. It occurs in areas where the water table is very close to the surface.

Swamps are considered freshwater marshes, which are characterized by containing water at all times. Other examples of freshwater marshes are wetlands. The country's wetlands are scattered throughout the entire territory.1

Some of the most important swamps are the Gran Estero marshy strip in Maria Trinidad Sanchez, which is about 12 km. wide; Hoyo Claro and Nisibón Lagoon in the east, and Cabarete Lagoon  in Puerto Plata to the north. Other significant wetlands are located in the Jaragua National Park and the Monte Cristi National Park.1

1Gutierrez, W. Zona Costera y Ecosistemas Costeros y Marinos de la República Dominicana [online]; Secretaria de Estado de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, 2005. <> (Accessed:  Feb. 23, 2011).


Topic  Soil and water