Peat is accumulated, partially-decayed plant matter found in marshy areas. The amount of water in these areas prevents the plants from fully decomposing. Peat has a variety of uses: it can be burned for heat, and it can be used to help soil retain water in agriculture.
Also known as Sphagnum, peat moss is a highly water absorbent type of moss that grows in bogs. Because it holds so much water it is sometimes used as an additive to very dry soils, such as sand, in order to make it more suitable for agriculture.
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