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Using information in this booklet, the physical features of a wetland soil can be observed to tell a story about a soil’s history, its characteristics, the wetland in which it is found, and the plant life it supports. Hydric soils have unique characteristics, due to anaerobic conditions, that distinguish them from other soil types. Great Salt Lake wetland soils display many of these hydric characteristics. The many functions that Great Salt Lake wetland soils provide, from transforming nutrients, to filtering toxins and accumulating loose sediments, make them an important resource worth protecting. The diversity of soil types and soil features in this re-gion both support and reflect the dynamic diversity of plants and animals that visitors admire.

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