Welcome to wetlands

The wetlands are one of the richest and most productive ecosystems on the planet. All wetlands are units of transition between the aquatic and terrestrial environment, may be found in continental and coastal zones, and to play a key role in regulating the hydrological cycle and filtering pollutants.

In this habitat we are under a sphere 26 meters high, two of the most characteristic coastal wetlands on the planet: American mangrove swamps and Mediterranean marshes.

1.The Mangrove
With 198,500 liters aquarium and 1.23m deep, mangrove habitat is represented. Mangroves are biomes typical humid tropical areas of the world, located at the mouths of rivers and coastal lagoons, acting as coastal protection against erosion and wind surf. Its name derives from the tree growing in these areas, the mangrove, which means “twisted tree”. Mangroves tolerate high salt concentrations and have resisted upright in the substrate inconsistent sediments mixed with organic matter, thanks to adventicícias roots, leaving the upper trunk, and function as buttress. The shallow water and dense vegetation make them impenetrable forests, refuge of numerous terrestrial and aquatic animals, and both migratory and local birds.

2.Marsh
Versus a typical mangrove marsh rises along the Mediterranean coast, with a total liters aquariums 143400, representing the Albufera of Valencia. They are low and marshy lands are covered with vegetation almost completely, and largely devoted to rice and, furthermore, make way stations for migratory birds between Europe and Africa.

 

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  • CormorantEl nombre del cormorán proviene de la unión entre las palabras latinas “corvus” y “marinus” que significa “cuervo marino”. More info
  • ROSEATE SPOONBILLLa espátula rosada (Platalea ajaja) debe su nombre común a la forma de su pico alargado (15 a 18cm) y aplanado en el extremo, como una cuchara o espátula que le sirve como herramienta para la búsqueda de alimento.More info
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