Photographer's Note

Continuing with scenes of Pitt Polder, in the distance lies Pitt Lake, second largest tidal freshwater lake in the world. Beyond, the rugged mountains stretch for hundreds of miles through some of the roughest terrain in the world.

In the foreground is the northern portion of Pitt Polder, a huge wetlands sanctuary, home to a diversity of rare birds, plants, fish, and amphibians. Sandhill cranes, on the endangered species list, reside here, as do ninety per cent of the ospreys in the Fraser Valley.

Wetlands such as these help against erosion and also filter toxins in the soil and water. Carbon emanating from commercial and automobile fuel emissions is stored here. When wetlands are disturbed or destroyed, large amounts of both carbon and methane are released into the atmosphere, thus contributing to global warming.

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Additional Photos by John Cherrington (john_c) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4079 W: 52 N: 5746] (24666)
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