n. (Algonquian) a bog that has formed in a shallow, undrained depression, the surrounding land being somewhat elevated, the vegetation predominantly evergreen shrubs or small trees. Pocosins vary greatly in size.
Evergreen shrub bogs composed of poorly drained, mostly organic soil found on the southeastern Coastal Plain of the United States (particularly North Carolina). With recent developments in technology, a large percentage of these wetlands are currently managed for pine timber, agriculture, and energy products (Mitchell 1992).
Pocosin is a term for a type of palustrine wetland with deep, acidic, sandy, peat soils. Groundwater saturates the soil except during brief seasonal dry spells and during prolonged droughts. Pocosin soils are nutrient deficient (oligotrophic), especially in phosphorus.