Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Geography and Geology

First Advisor

Dr. Jeffrey Peake


Introduction: Wetlands are ubiquitous but extremely variable and important elements of the landscape that are characterized by water saturation for at least part of the year. They may receive water from groundwater sources but many are recharged only from rainfall and surface runoff. Wetlands are found in most climates and in widely varying sizes and topographic settings. The soil/substrate, water chemistry, vegetation, groundwater, and other factors also vary (Environmental Protection Agency, 1999). Cowardin et al. (1979) describe wetlands as transitional lands between terrestrial and aquatic systems where the water table is at or near the surface. They contain hydrophytes, or water-loving plants, at least part of the year (Cowardin, et al., 1979). Inland wetlands, such as those in Nebraska, are commonly found on River floodplains, pliers, lake margins, and other low-lying areas where the water table intercepts the surface or soil permeability is diminished.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Geography and Geology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2003 Gabrielle C. Collins.

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