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Miami, Between Everglades and Lake Okeechobee, USA

25.7N 80.2W

November 18th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Sediments, Wetlands

USA - November 9th, 2010

Although most of the coastline of the state of Florida is framed by greenish sediments, they are particularly concentrated in and around the Everglades, at the southern tip of the peninsula.

Visible north of the Everglades is a large, rounded, dark blue body of water: Lake Okeechobee. The city of Miami and its surrounding urban conglomeration can be observed along the east coast between the lake and the everglades.

Muddy Waters of Lake Okeechobee, Florida, USA – April 22nd, 2010

26.9N 80.7W

April 22nd, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

USA - April 4th, 2010

USA - April 4th, 2010

The waters of Lake Okeechobee appear light brown from sediments in this image of the state of Florida, USA. Okeechobee is a freshwater lake and the largest body of water in Florida, covering 730 square miles (1,890 kmĀ²). It is, however, relatively shallow, with an average depth of only 9 feet (3 m).

With regards to environmental concerns, during a drought in 2007, state water and wildlife managers removed thousands of truckloads of toxic mud from the lake’s floor, in an effort to restore the lake’s natural sandy base and create clearer water and better habitat for wildlife.

The mud contained elevated levels of arsenic and other pesticides. According to tests from the South Florida Water Management District, arsenic levels on the northern part of the lake bed were as much as four times the limit for residential land.

Popcorn Clouds Over Florida, USA

27.9N 82.4W

April 7th, 2013 Category: Clouds

USA – April 6th, 2013

Popcorn clouds speckle the skies over much of the state of Florida, USA. Visible through the clouds are bodies of water, such as Lake Okeechobee (below) and cities such as Tampa and St Petersburg (west coast) and Miami (southeast coast). This is due to the fact that popcorn clouds tend to appear only above vegetated areas, since they are formed by water vapor released by plants that rises and eventually condenses into clouds.

Smoke from Fire in Florida, USA, Blowing Due South

26.9N 80.7W

November 10th, 2012 Category: Fires

USA – November 8th, 2012

A fire can be seen near the west coast of Florida by the top edge of this image. Smoke from the fire is blowing due southward. Also of note are sediments along the state’s coastlines, particularly along the western shores down to the Everglades, Lake Okeechobee (near the image center), and the city of Miami, appearing as a grey area on the east coast.

Florida, the Bahamas and Cuba

24.5N 79.2W

April 9th, 2011 Category: Lakes

USA and Cuba - March 30th, 2011

The southern part of the Florida Peninsula, USA, can be seen in the upper left quadrant of this image. Lake Okeechobee appears as a dark blue, circular area near the east coast, while the Everglades are visible along the southwest coast.

The island-nation of Cuba occupies the lower half of the image, and the Bahamas can be found at the upper and center right. The bright blue color surrounding the islands is due to the shallower waters over the limestone platforms of the Bahama Banks.