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["Cherokee marsh - a wetland to cherish"],   pp. 7-17


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As the glacier melted away, the rushing melt water 
running from it carried away silt, sand, and rock and 
dumped this into the valley in great quantities. Today 
over 200 feet of this washed-in debris lies in the 
valley. After the glacier melted away, the river 
channel was smaller than the large flat valley, but 
large areas of this flatland were low enough to remain 
wet throughout much of the year. Downstream the river 
flowed through four lakes formed by the glacier. 
        View of stream in filled in valley 
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In the wet places along the shores of the river, 
wetland plants and animals began to live and grow 
together in a thriving community. 
                   Cherokee view 
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Cattails in the very wet areas, . . 
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0.. grasses,... 
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    *..and sedges which formed tussocks or clumps 
 farther from the edge of the water. 
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