• Richard Lindsay
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The term ‘mire’ is now widely accepted as the appropriate term for peatlands which still display the features associated with active peat formation. It is, however, difficult to determine whether any given site is actually accumulating peat at any specific moment in time. The presence of vegetation which is normally peat forming has thus been proposed and been widely adopted as a pragmatic means of identifying the presence of mires – i.e., peatland systems still capable of accumulating peat.


Mire Moor Bog Fen Moss Carr Swamp Marsh Myr Peatland Godwin Tansley Peat formation Active raised bog Active blanket bog European Commission Wetland Sedges Sphagnum Cotton grass Swamp-forest Calcium Suo Spring mire International Mire Conservation Group IMCG Mangroves Carbon 


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  1. 1.Sustainability Research InstituteUniversity of East LondonLondonUK

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