In the near future, we've decided to send a permanent colony to Planet W. In my story, this planet has ankle-deep freshwater covering the surface. The 'surface' underneath this ankle-deep water varies from smooth stones and clear water, to an organic, murky mud or clay, to sparkling sandy beach: all just below the surface.
It is earth-like, although there is no moon, and calm weather moderated by the water (so it rarely freezes up north, and peaks at about 35°C around the equator). Oh also, it's almost perfectly flat, under 10cm of water.
The cross-section of 25,000 humans from several nationalities and age groups have brought small plants, seeds, and a few small grazing animals (freshwater plants, trees and weeds will quickly grow in the organic soil areas). They are skilled, educated scientists and engineers, and should do well. They can even create 'land' by dredging and filling.
Setting aside logistics, how will this cross-section of humans adapt to life culturally on this strange, but beautiful new world?
Note: I will ask about logistics later, but wanted to ask "about humans as we know them, their physiology, politics, society and goals."