Discovering the bog trail


You may have heard of “peat bog”, but do you really know what it is and what its benefits are? Let me tell you what I’ve learned after an incredible experience I had when I went this year with my teammates to discover the phenomenal peat bog that is in Kouchibouguac Park.
I must admit that I was really impressed by this unique ecosystem. It is like another world. It is a very wet area that consists of a loose, spongy soil that is mainly composed of partly decomposed plant matter called peat.

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I learned from one of my teammates that day that the bog is a very important ecosystem as it absorbs most of the CO2 produced during its decomposition and the decaying layers extend up to 7 meters!
The Kouchibouguac Bog is one of the last ombrotrophic bogs in the world, which means that unlike the minerotrophic bogs, its only source of water comes from rainfall. It also has many carnivorous plants because of its acidity.
Its vegetation consists of sphagnum mosses which reproduce very quickly and form dense colonies. Their particularity is the fact that they can grow on their inactive parts and die at their base. die at the base. Sphagnum mosses can absorb up to 40 times their dry weight because all their dead cells (hyalocysts) on their stems and leaves contain a lot of water. These cells have a wall with several pores that allow water to enter the plant.

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It should also be noted that, like sphagnum mosses, other plants in a bog also tend to grow through their dead parts which are buried in the ground. Many people saw the bog as a spiritual or haunted place for a long time because of its spongy soil and the appearance of its surroundings.
To learn more about all the mysteries surrounding the bog, please visit the following link:bog | National Geographic Society

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