Definition: Mires

Environment

Transitional phase between land and water, among which blanket or raised peatlands. Depending on elevation, mires may be more or less regularly flooded. In the non-flooded state, the ground is wet and spongy. Vegetation consists chiefly of decayed moss and other vegetal matter.
Source:
Joint OECD/Eurostat Questionnaire 2002 on the State of the Environment, section on Land
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