Sci 230 Final Project Paper

Florida Everglades
Nathan Heilman
SCI 230

South Florida is a treasured region of the world. From the Everglades, which starts around mid Florida to the Florida Keys found on the southernmost part, this land is a vast wilderness. People come to marvel at its wildlife both above ground and under water. It is the only subtropical place in the United States. The area contains sweeping tracks of undeveloped land and is a world heritage site, international biosphere reserve, and an international wetlands of importance. The largest wilderness area east of the Rockies. The greater everglades ecosystem, mile upon mile of   intact wetlands or of low country where an only an inch of rise in elevation can spell the difference between grassy prairie and wooded hammock. The system spanning some one and a half million acres has endured much, losing fifty percent of its water flow to neighboring agricultural activity and burgeoning development.
This "River of Grass" is a mosaic of saw grass marshes, freshwater ponds, prairies and forested uplands which is home to a rich and diverse community of plant and wildlife. Known around the world for its diverse population of water birds and other wildlife, the Everglades supports over 60 federally threatened and endangered species. Some of the most notable of these animals are the American Crocodile, the Florida Panther, and the Wood Stork. The Everglades is a home for a huge number of plants and animals that have evolved to live in a subtropical wet environment. Some of the more notable creatures which have become sort of   symbols of this struggling region are the West Indian Manatee, the Wood Stork, and the Florida Panther. Certain plant life such as the saw grass marshes, and both cypress and mangrove forests have become images that are recognized around the world as symbols of this region. While many of the plants and animals in the Everglades are recognized around the world, this region is mainly composed of lesser known...