Everglades, Florida, USA
The “river of grass” label often attributed to the Everglades (Douglas, 1947) still holds true in many parts of this impressive subtropical wetland system, and is clearly visible to those who have flown over South Florida. From the ground, the river of grass is also apparent but the distinctive landscape patterns are less easily detected. In reality, the Everglades landscape contains a multitude of wetland types including sawgrass (Cladium spp) marshes, sloughs, marl- and peat-based wet prairies, tree islands, pinelands, and, at its southernmost extreme, mangroves and the Florida Bay estuary. Before major human influence, the Everglades landscape was even more diverse and included custard apple swamps, short-hydroperiod wet prairies, and cypress strands (Davis et al., 1994).
Access to this wetland system is difficult. Airboat travel is the norm, and aside from the limited geographical area covered by tourist concession airboats, few venture deep into the interior wetlands....
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