Engineer Rodolfo Iturraspe, Director of the Watershed Management and Natural Resources for the province of Tierra del Fuego, picks up samples of peat in the Ramsar protected wetlands near Ushuaia

 
Engineer Rodolfo Iturraspe, Director of the Watershed Management and Natural Resources for the province of Tierra del Fuego, picks up samples of peat in the Ramsar protected wetlands near Ushuaia
Engineer Rodolfo Iturraspe, Director of the Watershed Management and Natural Resources for the province of Tierra del Fuego, picks up samples of peat in the Ramsar protected wetlands near Ushuaia April 1, 2012. In the farthest southernmost stretches of Argentina's Patagonia region a massive network of peat bogs quietly stores thousands of gallons of fresh glacial water and helps regulate global climate change by containing more carbon per acre than most wooded forests. Argentina's Tierra del Fuego, is home to almost all of the country's peat bogs containing 110 million metric tons of the country's 115 metric tons of peat in the continent's most significant peat bog. However,Inturraspe, says this crucial resource is in danger of being over harvested and says more regulation is needed to protect the peat. Picture taken April 1, 2012. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian (ARGENTINA - Tags: AGRICULTURE ENVIRONMENT)