A broad, shallow sheet of freshwater flows
south through the saw grass near Pa-hay-okee
Overlook in Everglades National Park.
Decreased freshwater flow and rising seas
are causing peat soil to collapse, exposing
the roots of saw grass plants once buried in
the soil, until the landscape resembles Swiss
cheese (Everglades’ Cape Sable shown here).
Rising sea levels have led to annual flooding of
low-lying streets in parts of Miami.
Sugar dominates the crops in the Everglades
Agricultural Area, a 280,000-hectare region
south of Lake Okeechobee that was drained to
make way for farming.
The Everglades is home to
more than 300 species of
birds, including 16 wading
bird species, such as the great
Mangrove trees (shown at Everglades’ West
Lake) help protect the coastline from erosion
and mark regions of increasing saltiness.
Everglades National Park
The good and bad of South Florida’s watery world