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The Everglades: one of the biggest swamps in the U.S.. The wetlands, located at the southern tip of Florida, provide a unique habitat unlike any other
The different habitats located within the Florida Everglades ecosystem support a collection of plant and animal species not found elsewhere on earth. Researchers have identified nine distinct habitats, but say the landscape remains dynamic. There are approximately 70 different endangered species. Among those are: the Florida Panther, the American Crocodile, the American Alligator and the West Indian Manatee. Although the sawgrass, mangroves and orchids are the most distinctive species in the Everglades, there are other interesting species, including cypress trees, pond apple trees, mahogany trees and wild flowers. The entire area provides a unique habitat unlike any other in the United States. It currently consists of less than 11 percent of the original wetlands. This is mostly due to the population increase in the southern part of the peninsula that is crowding the Everglades acreage. The original Everglades extended over 3,000,000 acres reaching all the way from the Orlando area to Florida Bay. The nearly flat area is also feeling the effects of a warming climate. Sea level rise has brought significant changes on the landscape, according to the National Park Service.
Where Does The Name Come From?
The Everglades got its name after Majory Stoneman Douglas published “Everglades: River of Grass.” The book helped to convince people that the Everglades was a special place worth preserving. It was published in 1947 the same year that the Everglades became a national park. Douglas who was a former journalist for “The Miami Herald” newspaper once said, “The Everglades is a test. If we pass it, we get to keep the planet”.