Although you can’t see them from ground level, this aerial photo you can see the five peat bog domes (tan circular areas) protected by the Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
Bogs are special plant communities that form in places where rainwater is the major input available to the plants. Rainwater contains few nutrients; only plants that can effectively capture scarce nutrients can survive.
Bogs contain thick layers of saturated live and decomposing peat moss. Other plants found in these bogs include sheep laurel, leather leaf, dwarf huckleberry, black crowberry, cranberry, baked-apple berry, pitcher plant, cotton grass, and scattered stunted black spruce.
Slow decomposition and the ability of peat to absorb and hold large amounts of water allow the peat to build up above the ground surface, creating a dome.
View the full-size bog domes map (pdf)