Maintaining ecological diversity is necessary for the survival of a biological community. In the United States, American citizens are on the verge of irrevocably damaging one of the country's most unique and diverse treasures - the Florida Everglades. This national park is now the only remaining patch of a river that used to span 120 miles from Lake Okeechobee to the Florida Bay. Dikes and levees created by the Army Corps of Engineers in the late 1940's drained this river to reduce flooding and increase useable water for the development of the region. This major diversion of water lead to a trickle down effect causing the continual decline of the environmental state of the Everglades. Since then, debates over the
There are many invasive species in Florida, which affect the environment in many ways. First, one way is that the animal cannot thrive in its new environment, the reasons being; not enough food or the wrong climate. Another example would be, that the animal might thrive successfully and reproduce. This is detrimental to the environment because the animal or plant can wreak havoc and become an invasive species. Species can become invasive due to the lack of predators in its environment.
The Everglades is a vast region that stretches from the Kissimmee River to Lake Okeechobee and is filled with a unique and world-famous ecosystem that is exclusive to the rest of the world. It is located in southern Florida and takes up 1.5 million of the land. While there are many diverse species, there are around 500 human inhabitants. This region is one of the largest wetlands in the US and the only existing Everglades in the entire world. Because of this and other pressing factors, about one-fifth of the Everglades are protected by the Everglades National Park. The fact that the Everglades are one of kind also means that anything that happens not only affects itself locally, but also nationally and globally. And now, there are many problems
This paper is going to focus on the current environmental state of the Florida Everglades. It will look into how humans have impacted and effected the Everglades, from pollutants to drainage to invasive species. I’ll also discuss how we are now trying to remedy what has happened and preserve and restore them to prevent further damage, and if conservationists are having any kind of success or not.
The Everglades in South Florida, home of 36 such endangered species such as the American Crocodile and the Florida Panther, slowly continues to diminish. According to the website of the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA), the Everglades played “a crucial role in the lives of Florida’s human residents” (“Everglades”). Since the 1980s, the government established efforts to protect wildlife and vegetation. Organization groups continue planning on restoring the most well-known wetland on Florida soil. In other words, the development of urban communities and agriculture causes a mass increase in pollution and flood watches. The ongoing conservation of the Everglades preserves limited water quality, protect wildlife, and prevent urban development.
The Everglades is a diverse ecosystem located in southern Florida, yet urbanization has created a considerable amount of impact that has altered the physical landscape of the region, resulting in a symbiotic environment between humans and nature. Based on geographical research, the original Everglades spanned an area of approximately 12,000km2, and now because of urbanization and agricultural growth in this sub-region the area of the Everglades has been condensed to half of its original size (Willard et al 1-2). The Everglades is actually a sub-region of the Southern Coastlands region of the United States. It is comprised of a unique climate, divided into sub-provinces that create a diverse pallet of environments for wildlife to thrive,
The Everglades is known for its wonderful plants, birds, and reptiles, but what if those magnificent, beautiful things were gone forever. An Endangered is a species that is, or soon may be, in danger of being gone. A threatened species is a species that is very likely to become endangered in the near future unless the species or where it lives is fully protected for its survival. Eight million people and countless species of animals that call the Everglades home. Everglades contains many endangered species including the Florida Leafwing Butterfly, Green Turtle, Leatherback Turtle, and the Miami Blue Butterfly. The manatee is even federally listed as endangered. They are trying to make laws and develop projects to protect the Everglades Endangered
The Florida Everglades is a region of tropical wetlands in south Florida. It consists of the southern half of the state, ranging from the Kissimmee River, Lake Okeechobee, and the Everglades. This watershed is referred to as the KOE. Water in south Florida once flowed from the Kissimmee River to Lake Okeechobee, then flowed southward over low-lying lands to Biscayne Bay, the Ten Thousand Islands, and Florida Bay. This shallow, slow-moving sheet of water created a mosaic of ponds, marshes, and forests. Over thousands of years this developed into the balanced ecosystem we know today as the Florida Everglades. In the later half of the 19th century, America was expanding and there was a nation wide push for progress. The idea for expansion led
The Florida Keys celebrates a diverse and colorful history that is full of adventurous tales of Native American Indians, Spanish, pirates, hurricanes, and shipwrecks. Offering the only living coral barrier reef in the U.S, this island archipelago lies along the Florida Strait stretching 200 miles from Biscayrie Bay to the Dry Tortugas. Before Spaniard Ponce De Leon’s expedition in 1573, the Florida Keys was home to Native American Tribes, Calusa and Tequesta. The Spanish named these islands Los Martires (the martyrs) and rightfully so, since many ships were wrecked on the reef during early times. However, the name was once again changed by the Spanish to “Keys” from the Spanish word “cayos” meaning “Small Island.” Subsequently, the official name Florida Keys was adopted.
The City of Sanibel is a 12 mile long island (12,000 acres) with ecosystems ranges from coastal beaches, dunes, upland ridges to freshwater wetland to mangrove swamps off the in the Gulf of Mexico (Duerksen & Snyder, 2005). This small community cherishes its cultural, social, ecological, and economic diversity. Their permanent population of 6,000 residents choose to live in harmony with nature; creating a human settlement distinguished by its diversity, beauty, uniqueness, character, and stewardship. Sanibel has become know as the most effective and progressive nature and biodiversity protection program in the U.S.
We are going to talk about Florida’s history, economy, energy resources, famous, landmarks, and geography. It is a state with a lot of good people and places. It has a lot of history and beautiful landmarks. We are going to learn about Florida and everything in it.
Vast beaches, amusement parks and resorts are all places that are abundant in Florida. There are numerous interesting things to visit, and numerous neighborhood’s that would suit a family of any kind scattered through the state. The Unique clash of skyscraper cities that are minutes away from the ocean front and year round warm temperatures make this an ideal place for people who are seeking warm weather and a change of scenery. It also makes Florida a very popular place to live, with 365 thousand people moving here a year, around 25 thousand of which move into Marion and the surrounding county 's, this state has a large influx of new residence which has made Florida the 3rd most populated state in America (Business Insider, ppiofmarioncounty.org). The massive influx of new people leads to a near constant expansion of cities and towns that are filled to the max, making the amount of natural forest in Florida shrink daily. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s report, History of Florida 's Conservation Lands, states:
The Florida Everglades is the state’s most highly visited park in the state. The Everglades is also home to thousands of animals, reptiles, and plants. Many tourist travels just to get a glimpse of the many exotic reptiles. Although, the Everglades is very beautiful it’s also one of the most endangered parks in the state. The park is endangered from humans and land developments. The state has laws imposed to protect the everglades. In order for people to save and protect the Everglades there are things we have to do on part. Throughout this essay I will go into depth about the different species, human threats, and what we can do to protect one of our
Freshwater biomes make up 1/5 of Earth's surface, and .8% of the total amount of water. They include lakes, rivers, streams, and creeks. The size of these biomes vary, and any small body of water, such as puddles, can also be considered a Freshwater biome if it can support life. These bodies of water can move slow, fast, or be still, and usually have a depth that is under 6 feet. These waters also contain minimal to no salt, and have many different types of animals and plants living within them. These biomes can be found all over the world, such as Florida and the Amazon River. The Florida Everglades is known as the largest Freshwater biome in the World. Freshwater biomes are vital to our environment, providing plants and animals with nutrients
Ninety percent of the earth’s trees between three and four hundred years old have been cut down. The remaining ten percent is all we will ever have (Gallant, 97). The definition of deforestation by the Random House Dictionary of the English Language is "to divest or clear of forests or trees.” Deforestation is one of the most significant issues of our time; considerable measures must be taken to prevent further pillaging of our unique forest resource.