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Miami and the Everglades in Southern Florida, USA

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December 7th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

USA - November 18th, 2009

USA - November 18th, 2009

Sediments trail into the Gulf of Mexico from the Everglades on the southern tip of the state of Florida, USA. The Everglades are subtropical wetlands that include sawgrass marshes, cypress swamps, mangrove forests, tropical hardwood hammocks, pine rockland, and the marine environment of Florida Bay.

The darkest green section at the very bottom of the peninsula is part of the Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. It contains the southern 25 percent of the original Everglades marshland region of southwestern Florida.

Moving northeastward, the city of Miami and other urban zones can be seen as a greyish area along the eastern shores. Miami is the only major city in the United States bordered by two national parks, Everglades National Park on the west, and Biscayne National Park on the east.

Miami and its suburbs are located on a broad plain between the Florida Everglades to the west and Biscayne Bay to the east that also extends from Florida Bay north to Lake Okeechobee. The elevation of the area never rises above 40 ft (12 m) and averages at around 6 ft (1.8 m) above mean sea level in most neighborhoods, especially near the coast.