Term: Muskeg Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
Contributed by GCW Glossary


Definition: In the northern United States and Canada: a swamp or bog in an undrained or poorly drained area of alluvium or glacial till.  WMOHydrology 

A swamp or bog occurring in depressions in poorly drained alluvial or glacial terrain in northern Canada or the United States. The depression usually accumulates a saturated, highly compressible mixture of mineral particles and decaying vegetal matter, topped by a hummocky surface of sphagnum moss, and incapable of supporting heavy loads or traffic. In the colder and wetter parts of Alaska, these accumulations spread widely over low-amplitude terrain and are not confined to depressions.  AMSglossary 

Poorly drained marshes or swamps found overlying permafrost.  PhysicalGeography