Famous Swamps Around The World
Swamps support woody plants such as mangroves or cypress trees. Here in Louisiana we know swamps. As a matter of fact, the Atchafalaya Basin, which is a combination of wetlands and river delta areas where the Atchafalaya River and the Gulf of Mexico converge, is the nation’s largest river swamp, containing almost about one million acres of the nation’s most significant bottomland hardwoods, swamps, bayous and backwater lakes.
Other Impressive Swamps
The Pantanal, Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia
The Pantanal is one of the largest swamps in the world. The swamp covers about 75,000 sq mi. It is located in southwestern Brazil but also has smaller areas within neighboring Bolivia and Paraguay. During the rainy season from December through May, 80 percent of the Pantanal is flooded. The swamp contains the greatest diversity of water plants in the world, according to experts.
The Everglades, Florida, USA
The Everglades, located at the southern tip of Florida, are a natural region of subtropical wetlands. The wetlands begin near Orlando with the Kissimmee River, which discharges into the vast but shallow Lake Okeechobee. Water leaving the lake in the wet season forms a slow-moving river 60 miles wide and over 100 miles long, flowing southward across a limestone shelf to Florida Bay at the southern end of the state.
Tigris-Euphrates Swamp, West Asia
The Tigris-Euphrates Swamp in West Asia covers about 13,700 sq mi. The Tigris and Euphrates, with their tributaries, form a major river system in Western Asia. From sources originating in the Armenian Highlands of eastern Turkeythey flow through Syria and Iraq into the Persian Gulf. The system includes Iraq and parts of Turkey, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Jordan.
The Vasyugan Swamp, Russia
The Vasyugan Swamp is the largest swamp in the northern hemisphere, say experts. The swamp, which is located in Russia, in southwestern Siberia occupies about 20,500 sq mi. The swamp is a major reservoir of fresh water for the region. The production of oil and gas poses a threat to a number of endangered species living in the swamp.
Candaba Swamp, Philippines
The Candaba Swamp located in the Candaba, Pampanga which is about 37 miles northeast of Manila the capital of the Philippines. It covers roughly 32,000 ha, and has freshwater ponds, swamps and marshes that are surrounded by seasonally flooded grasslands. The entire area becomes submerged underwater during the wet season and dries out starting in November through April. That’s when locals convert the swamp to farmland planting mainly watermelon and rice.
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