Everglades By: Lexy Smith

Location of the landform

The everglades is located at the southern tip in the U.S. state of Florida inside Everglades National Park. The everglades is a 1.5 million acre of wetlands reserve.

Geography facts about the area and landform

The Everglades comprise the largest subtropical wetland ecosystem in North America. The Everglades is a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve. While it is often described as a swamp or forested wetland, the Everglades is actually a very slow-moving river.

How the natural wonder was formed

The beautiful everglades were formed by an unusual combination of natural events. South Florida was seafloor for the last one-hundred fifty million years. Fast forward to one-hundred and ten thousand years ago and the pre established limestone floor of south Florida began to collide with the Biscayne Aquifer which is the reason for the everglades extraordinary ability to store water. Around the same time the Atlantic Coastal Ridge was deposited, a several mile wide strip of limestone 20 feet higher than the current sea level. It formed the eastern edge of the everglades.

Threats to the existence of the landform

In the past hundred years humans have dug canals, done agriculture, and more taking water from the everglades ecosystem, which has tainted the natural flow of the ecosystem. As a result the everglades is half of its original size. Exotic animals, such as Burmese pythons, and exotic plants, such as Brazilian pepper and Australian pine, displace natives and threaten to disrupt ecosystem balance. Because of this it also affects the animals that were already in the ecosystem of the everglades.

Other fun and interesting facts about the landform

The Florida Panther is the most endangered species in Everglades, Florida with only 100 remaining in the wild.

There are up to thirty plus invasive species in the Florida everglades.

Florida foxes{known as Red Foxes} only attack when agitated or concerned. They are most likely prone to attack house pets and small animals.

Florida Tiger

Corn Snake

Red Fox

Great Blue Heron

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