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Important Wetland Habitats From Around The World
The locations of wetlands can vary widely from marshes and ponds, to edges of lakes and oceans, to low lying areas that flood often. In today's world wetlands, like many other natural ecosystems, are threatened by human activity, global warming, and the changes both are bringing with them.

These natural environments play a number of important roles, acting as water purifiers, water storage, and important ecological support to plants and animals, to name a few of their functions.  

Here is a list will of the world's 10 most important wetlands, according to the Ramsar list of wetlands of international importance. 

10. Chott Melrhir
9. Tumba-Ngiri-Maindombe
8. Lake Bardawil
7. Mana Pools
6. Tanguar Haor
5. Mai Po Marshes
4. Lake Urmia
3. Vanhankaupunginselkä
2. Ammersee
1. Kandalaksha Gulf


 
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