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Everglades National Park

Everglade Quick Facts:

  • Largest subtropical wilderness in the United States
  • Home to 36 different threatened species
  • A wildlife haven with more than 40 species of mammals, 50 species of reptiles, 300 species of fish, and 350 species of birds
  • Declarations include an International Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site, and a Wetland of International Importance
  • Encompasses 1,509,000 acres (6,110 sq km) of the marshlands in southern Florida


Everglades

The everglades are actually a slow moving system of rivers moving at about .25 miles (.40 km) a day. The everglades are the largest subtropical wilderness found in the United States and the park encompasses 1,509,000 acres (6,110 sq km). The Everglades National Park differs from other national parks because it was established to protect the ecosystem versus some geographic feature or significance.

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The Everglades National Park has also been declared a Wetland of International Importance, a World Heritage Site, and an International Biosphere Reserve. The national park only accounts for 25% of the original marshland region. The Everglades are home to over 40 species of mammals, 50 species of reptiles, 300 species of fish, and 350 species of birds. The everglades are home to both fresh and saltwater marine life.

Most any land within the park comes from hammocks that are elevated several inches above the grassy slow forming river. The slow moving water allows the hammocks to develop and create a foundation for the large live oaks that create canopies where wildlife thrives.


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More will follow on the Everglades National Park as it is declared an official or notable wonder North America.