||Connecticut Univ., Storrs. Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. ;Massachusetts Div. of Fisheries and Wildlife, Boston.;National Wetlands Research Center, Slidell, LA.;Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.
The publication reviews the ecological information available for peat bogs in the glaciated Northeastern United States, a region extending from the Canadian border to the Pocono Mountain area of Pennsylvania. Peat bogs depend on acidic, nutrient-poor water for development and usually occur in areas underlain by sand, gravel, or glacial till. The hydrologic characteristics and chemical composition of bogs influences both nutrient cycling and plant community development within bogs. The publication describes peat bogs, their distribution in the area under consideration, the physical settings in which they exist, and the types of bogs generally recognized. Hydrology, water chemistry, and the cycling of nutrients and other elements in peat bogs are discussed in the report. The discussion leads into two chapters describing the vegetation and animal communities of peat bogs.