Flooded forest
Flooded forest

Freshwater swamp forests, or flooded forests,[1] are forests which are inundated with freshwater, either permanently or seasonally. They normally occur along the lower reaches of rivers and around freshwater lakes. Freshwater swamp forests are found in a range of climate zones, from boreal through temperate and subtropical to tropical.

In the Amazon Basin of Brazil, a seasonally flooded forest is known as a várzea,[citation needed], and refers to a whitewater-inundated forest. Igapó refers to blackwater-inundated forest.

Peat swamp forests are swamp forests where waterlogged soils prevent woody debris from fully decomposing, which over time creates a thick layer of acidic peat.

Freshwater swamp forest ecoregions



South and SE Asia

Ratargul Swamp Forest in Gowainghat, Sylhet, Bangladesh


See also


  1. ^ "Rain Water Harvesting by Freshwater Flooded Forests".
  2. ^ "Swamp Forest Ratargul : Amazon of Bangladesh ~ Beautiful Bangladesh".