Happy Earth Day! Wetlands may not be as majestic as mountains, but they provide essential ecosystem services such as water filtration, flood mitigation, coastal protection, and habitat for fish and other wildlife. Despite only covering 5-8% of the Earth’s land surface, wetlands hold an estimated 20-30% of soil carbon stocks. This disproportionate amount of carbon storage make wetlands an important carbon sink as well as a vital piece of the global carbon cycle puzzle. So the next time you see a wetland, remember to look under the surface to see what’s really going on!