Introduction to Wetlands

Everglades Headwaters
The beginning of the Everglades – Shingle Creek.

 

Introduction to Wetlands is our first YouTube video!  This short (<5 minutes) video shares some of the amazing facts that make Wetlands a Florida Natural Wonder.  Also included are the Everglades, the Indian River Lagoon and Florida Springs.  Did you know that Florida has more wetlands per square mile than any other state in the contiguous U.S.?  Or that the Indian River Lagoon stretches over 40% of Florida’s east coast?  What type of spring does Florida have more of than any other country?  Find out where the Everglades system actually has its beginnings…Hint: think Famous Mouse.

Water is one of 3 elements that give Florida its unique environments, producing an astounding 81 separate categories of natural communities, as defined by the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI).  Combined with Father Sun and Mother Earth’s geology, water helps provide Florida with a Tropical climate in the south and a  Subtropical climate in the central and northern regions.  According to the  Köppen climate classification, Florida has 4 climate zones:  Equatorial Savannah, Equatorial Monsoon, Equatorial rainforest and Humid Subtropical.  Notice that 3 of the 4 regions start with the word Equatorial.  This mean Tropical, yet Florida does not lie in the tropics.  It just acts like it does.  And it couldn’t act like it does without water.

Wetlands play a huge role in Florida’s climate and rich biodiversity.  To see just how huge, check out our less than 5 minute video, Introduction to Wetlands, here:

 

 

References and for more information:

http://water.usgs.gov/nwsum/WSP2425/state_highlights_summary.html

http://water.epa.gov/type/wetlands/vital_status.cfm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_River_Lagoon

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/parks/planning/forms/FNAIDescriptions.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_Florida

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