June 15, 2016
Off Highway 10 (Hemlock Rd. NW) near 95th street NW and the bridge over Little
Rock Lake, Watab, Minnesota
45° 42’ 19” N
94° 10’ 35.12” W
Elevation 1040

Bogs have brackish, slightly acidic water and provide a habitat for uniquely beautiful plants. Wikipedia explains that a bog is “a wetland that accumulates peat, a deposit of dead plant material—often mosses, and in a majority of cases, sphagnum moss. It is one of the four main types of wetlands. Other names for bogs include mire, quagmire, and muskeg; alkaline mires are called fens.” Though they may not be appreciated, the gradual accumulation of decayed plant material in a bog stores carbon indefinitely, which is a very good thing for the climate.