IMAGES: Water Worlds

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Science  15 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5486, pp. 1835
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5486.1835e

Clear water ripples over bayonet rushes in New Jersey's Pine Barrens, a sandy, swampy, 400,000-hectare nature reserve where tannins tint streams the color of tea. The shot, by botanist Mary Allessio Leck of Rider University in Lawrenceville, took the grand prize in a photo contest at the Millennium Wetland Event,* an international conference held this summer in Quebec City. There were more than 650 entries, and the Web exhibit of the 25 winners reveals the beauty hidden in these habitats and natural water filters. Surf over to see a green frog peeping from a Michigan pond, a worker picking cattail leaves in India, a rain-fed Estonian bog, and a tranquil waterway in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, South Africa's largest wetland ecosystem.

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