Pocosin

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Pocosin is a type of palustrine wetland with deep, acidic, sandy, peat soils.wikipedia
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Wetland

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Pocosin is a type of palustrine wetland with deep, acidic, sandy, peat soils.
The main wetland types are swamp, marsh, bog, and fen; sub-types include mangrove forest, carr, pocosin, floodplains, mire, vernal pool, sink, and many others.

Peat

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Pocosin is a type of palustrine wetland with deep, acidic, sandy, peat soils.
although less-common wetlands including fens, pocosins, and peat swamp forests also deposit peat.

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

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The Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1984 to help preserve pocosin wetlands.
It was established on March 14, 1984, to preserve and protect a unique wetland habitat type—the pocosin—and its associated wildlife species.

Pinus serotina

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Pond pines (Pinus serotina) dominate pocosin forests, but loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) and longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) are also associated with pocosins.
The pond pine is found in wet habitats near ponds, bays, swamps, and pocosins.

Poquoson, Virginia

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The city of Poquoson, Virginia, located in the coastal plain of Virginia (see Tidewater region of Virginia), derives its name from this geographic feature.
The term pocosin, with its varied spellings, was a term used by the area's inhabitants to describe a low, marshy, woody place covered by water in the winter, but dry in the summer.

Tidewater (region)

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The city of Poquoson, Virginia, located in the coastal plain of Virginia (see Tidewater region of Virginia), derives its name from this geographic feature.
Much of the area is covered with pocosin and the higher areas are used for agricultural farmlands.

Palustrine wetland

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Pocosin is a type of palustrine wetland with deep, acidic, sandy, peat soils.

Groundwater

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Groundwater saturates the soil except during brief seasonal dry spells and during prolonged droughts.

Drought

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Groundwater saturates the soil except during brief seasonal dry spells and during prolonged droughts.

Oligotroph

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Pocosin soils are nutrient-deficient (oligotrophic), especially in phosphorus.

Phosphorus

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Pocosin soils are nutrient-deficient (oligotrophic), especially in phosphorus.

Atlantic coastal plain

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Pocosins occur in the southern portions of the Atlantic coastal plain of North America, spanning from southeastern Virginia, through North Carolina, and into South Carolina.

North America

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Pocosins occur in the southern portions of the Atlantic coastal plain of North America, spanning from southeastern Virginia, through North Carolina, and into South Carolina.

Stream

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Pocosins occupy poorly drained higher ground between streams and floodplains.

Floodplain

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Pocosins occupy poorly drained higher ground between streams and floodplains.

Water table

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There are often perched water tables underlying pocosins.

Shrub

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Shrub vegetation is common.

Pinus taeda

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Pond pines (Pinus serotina) dominate pocosin forests, but loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) and longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) are also associated with pocosins.

Longleaf pine

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Pond pines (Pinus serotina) dominate pocosin forests, but loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) and longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) are also associated with pocosins.

Venus flytrap

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Additionally, pocosins are home to rare and threatened plant species including Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) and sweet pitcher plant (Sarracenia rubra).

Sarracenia rubra

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Additionally, pocosins are home to rare and threatened plant species including Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) and sweet pitcher plant (Sarracenia rubra).

Flatwoods

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Where soil saturation is less frequent and peat depths shallower, pocosins transition into pine flatwoods.

Bog

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A loose definition of "pocosin" can include all shrub and forest bogs, as well as stands of Atlantic White Cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) and loblolly pine on the Atlantic coastal plain.

Chamaecyparis thyoides

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A loose definition of "pocosin" can include all shrub and forest bogs, as well as stands of Atlantic White Cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) and loblolly pine on the Atlantic coastal plain.