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What is a wetland?
Wetlands are areas of land where water covers the soil, all year or at certain times of the year. They include: swamps, marshes, billabongs, lakes, lagoons, saltmarshes, mudflats, mangroves, coral reefs, bogs, fens, and peatlands.
Wetlands may be natural or artificial and water within a wetland may be static or flowing, fresh, brackish or saline. There are even underground wetlands.
Wetland ecosystems are of material and cultural importance to Aboriginal people. Many have profound cultural significance and values.
Almost all wetland plant and animal species have some form of traditional use, particularly vegetation, crustaceans, fish, reptiles, mammals and waterbirds (particularly their eggs), or cultural significance, for example a totemic significance..
Wetlands with Aboriginal names
Many wetlands in Perth have Aboriginal names such as: Beenyup Lake, Gnangara Lake, Goolelal Lake, Joondalup Lake, Neerabup Lake and Pinjar Lake.