quaking bog


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quaking bog

n.
A floating mat of vegetation, including mosses and shrubs, that forms across the surface of a shallow pond and characteristically shakes when walked on.
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The Ingleside National Natural Landmark is the only remaining open-water quaking bog in the Land of Lincoln.
* Ghastly ghouls haunt the trails of Volo Bog this weekend at the quaking bog's Ghost Stories Plus event.
A half-mile boardwalk gives visitors a close look at the only quaking bog in Illinois.
The snow party thrown by the Friends of Volo Bog and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources features planned activities like winter-themed nature crafts, a snow sculpting contest, bog tours, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking on Illinois' only quaking bog natural area.
While Ruttner (1953) remarks that the development of a floating mat, typical of "quaking bogs," is likely only over shallow benches and in protected bays, Wilcox & Simonin (1988) conclude that classic floating-mat peatlands are largely a function of deep, steep-sided basins that allow horizontal mat growth to exceed vertical peat accumulation.