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Carnivorous plants found at Buckeye Lake

Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 1:53 am, Sat Aug 17, 2013.

Cooler than normal and seasonally on target, moisture has made much of our summer very comfortable to be in the outside.

Years ago, I visited this very unusual habitat with a botany class in the summer at The Ohio State University. It is called Cranberry Bog, which contains cranberries, rare orchids and carnivorous plants. These plants use the insects they "catch" as a source of nitrogen which the soil of the bog does not provide. Found in Buckeye Lake, east of Columbus, this water area was once a swamp that was to be turned into a reservoir to feed the Ohio and Erie Canal system. The plan however didn't work because the new lake was too shallow to feed the canal for barge traffic especially during the dry season.

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