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Wetlands performs a variety of functions on several levels. These functions are a great benefit to human pursuits and to natural systems. Not all wetlands perform every function nor do they perform them at the same level. The differences in the performance of functions is the result of the variety of wetland types. These differences are further emphasized by variations between individual wetlands within a specific type.

There is still much about wetlands that is not known. There is a lot to be learned about the role of these resources in the landscape and how humans and natural systems benefit from their presence. More study is needed before it can be fully understood how these complex ecosystems perform their varied functions.

Illinois' remaining wetlands, unfortunately, are following the trend of wetlands throughout the rest of the nation and are disappearing. With the loss of these ecosystems comes the loss of their valuable functions and the loss of opportunities to study them.

To learn more about Wetland education opportunities in Illinois, click here.

[ Introduction | Biological Functions | Threatened & Endangered Species | Hydrological Functions |  Water Quality | Ground Water Recharge | Terrestrial Functions | Aesthetics & Recreation   |  Economics | Conclusion ]

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