Many cities and urban areas are built on drained wetlands. The tidal basin of Washington, D.C., above, is still regularly flooded with tides rushing up the Potomac River from the Atlantic Ocean. Evidence of these gentle floods pool at the feet of this morning jogger.

Photograph by Shaun Flynn, MyShot
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wetland Encyclopedic Entry

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Earth Science, Biology, Geography

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Encyclopedic entry. A wetland is an area of land that is either covered by water or saturated with water.