A wetland is an area of land that is either covered with water or saturated with water. Unique plants, called hydrophytes, define wetland ecosystems. This wooded wetland, near the Stillaguamish River in Washington, is dominated by western skunk cabbages, also called "swamp lanterns."

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