Riparian zones

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Area between a defined aquatic and terrestrial area possessing characteristics of both aquatic and terrestrial habitats; includes wet meadows, marshes, swamps, fens, and bogs; the primary characteristic of these areas is water covering, at, or near the surface of the soil for part or all of the year; wetlands and riparian areas may support both aquatic and terrestrial species.

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