Blanket Bogs

  • Richard Lindsay
Reference work entry


Blanket bog – a term first coined in 1935 – refers to areas of regular precipitation and generally cool climates where blanket mire develops as a mantle of peat smothering entire landscapes, blanket bog referring specifically to those parts of this peat-draped landscape which are entirely rain-fed (ombrotrophic) bogs. The blanket bog components in such a landscape predominate but are linked by areas of minerotrophic fen or other types of wetland system. A number of differing approaches can be used to describe individual blanket bog units but perhaps the most universally applicable is their geographic position within the landscape. The global extent of blanket bog may be larger than originally thought because certain habitat formations normally thought of as other habitat types may be more appropriately classified as blanket bog.


Blanket bog Blanket mire Bog Cloud forest Cover moss Fen Fog Godwin Hollows Mesotope Minerotrophic Mire Mist Ombrotrophic Osvald Pools Precipitation Rain Ridges Saddle Scotland Spur Surface patterning Tierra del Fuego Valleyside Water-divide Waterlogging Watershed 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sustainability Research InstituteUniversity of East LondonLondonUK

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