Southern Appalachian Mountain Bogs


Emilie Travis measures a bog turtle. (Courtesy photos)

They aren't the most majestic lands.

They don't offer the most spectacular views.

They're muddy. Home to poison sumac and snapping turtles.

And they are some of the rarest places on the American landscape, containing some of the rarest plants and animals in the world.

Southern Appalachian mountain bogs are found in flat areas on the landscape where water is at or near the surface year-round. Their water often comes from groundwater seepage and many have small streams running through them. Many have thick layers of sphagnum moss underlain by deep layers of peat and black mud. Their s...

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