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Swamped

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Saturday, February 22, 2014/Categories: natural history, photography, environment

Riled Up recently commented on the disastrous floods and winds from a super-storm system over parts of the UK It has only gotten worse in low-lying landscapes in southwestern England known as the Somerset Levels . The lowlands are just a few feet above sea level. The area was once covered by natural moors, bogs, and swamps now converted to agricultural land by dredging and draining.

Between December 2013 and January 2014, a series of storms left 15 inches of rain on southern England, making it the wettest 2-month period since 1910. The storms have continued into February causing two large rivers to breach their banks flooding the adjacent landscapes. By mid-February, an estimated 66 square miles was under water. A pair of "before & after" satellite photographs show the soggy conditions best:

 
Bristol and Somerset, UK compared November 2013 to February 2014 (credit: EOS )

These UK landscape were once bogs but now reclaimed for agriculture. The massive rains have produced swampy conditions again and the any new rains have nowhere else to go except covering more land.

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