Walking out onto a muskeg, or wetland, the first things most people notice are the sensation of sinking and sound of suction.
Saturated sphagnum moss, or peat moss, covers the wetland. It’s walkable, but only with knee boots on. Legs sink to calf-level. They’re buoyed by the moss, although water seeps in.
But upon arriving at this wetland in Iron County, Aaron Marti first noticed a different sensation.
“If you take a deep breath,” he said, “you can get a bit of a whiff of, it’s kind of a sweet, almost spicy aroma.”