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Is there a difference with or without the in this case? I feel there is no difference in meaning.

Below is the context, if needed.

This could be because global warming has contributed to an increase in overall temperatures in the region or because wetlands throughout Florida have been drained.

Feel free to provide more contexts that could illustrate their difference.

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Including the article in OP's context more strongly implies all [of the] wetlands were drained. Without it, we might well suppose the optional but unspecified "determiner" here could have been, for example, some.

Most likely all of the wetlands haven't been drained, so it's probably better not to include it.

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