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Lakes, Bays and Cities of the Florida Peninsula, USA – January 26th, 2010

January 26th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Lakes

USA - January 2nd, 2010

USA - January 2nd, 2010

Lake Okeechobee and Miami

Lake Okeechobee and Miami

Bays

Bays

Sediments line the coast of Florida in the southern United States of America, giving the peninsula a greenish frame. These are particularly evident on the west side of the tip of the peninsula, between the Everglades and the Florida Keys.

The first close-up focuses on Lake Okeechobee, the second-largest freshwater lake wholly within the continental United States, and the city of Miami, appearing as a grey area along the east coast.

The second shows two large bays by the west coast: Tampa Bay (above), by the citiess of Tampa and St. Petersburg, and the Charlotte Harbor Estuary (below), by the cities of Port Charlotte and Fort Myers.

Southern End of the Florida Peninsula, USA

25.7N 80.1W

December 18th, 2009 Category: Lakes

USA - November 19th, 2009

USA - November 19th, 2009

The southern section of the east coast of Florida, USA, appears greyish tan in color due to the string of populated areas along the shoreline, including the cities of West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami (from north to south).

The brown and dark green lands west of the urban zone are part of  Big Cypress National Preserve and the Everglades National Park. The islands of the Florida Keys curve off to the southwest from the tip of the peninsula. Further north, important bodies of water include the sizeable Lake Okeechobee and Charlotte Harbor (west coast).

Florida, Cuba and the Bahamas

March 11th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Florida, Cuba and the Bahamas - March 4th, 2009

Florida, Cuba and the Bahamas - March 4th, 2009

Florida Everglades

Florida Everglades

Most of the state of Florida, USA (left), Cuba (bottom) and the Bahamas (right) are portrayed in this brightly colored reduced-resolution image.

The vivid light blue indicates shallow waters, often over carbonate platforms such as the Bahama Banks. The dark navy blue, on the other hand, shows where the waters are deepest.

Green phytoplankton or algae can be seen in various places, particularly off the northern coast of Cuba and the southern tip of Florida, as well as around the northernmost Bahama Islands (Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands).

The close-up focuses on the southern tip of Florida, including the Everglades (top) and the Florida Keys (bottom).

The Everglades are a subtropical wetland, comprising the southern half of a large watershed.  The term “River of Grass” is often used to describe the sawgrass marshes, part of a complex system of interdependent ecosystems that include cypress swamps, the estuarine mangrove forests of the Ten Thousand Islands, tropical hardwood hammocks, pine rockland, and the marine environment of Florida Bay.

Algal Bloom Along Florida Coast – February 10th, 2009

February 10th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Florida, USA - February 5th, 2009

Florida, USA - February 5th, 2009

A large algal bloom blankets the west coast of Florida, USA, from Waccasassa Bay (North) to the Florida Keys (South). The east coast, on the other hand, is relatively algae-free.

When the full image is opened, particularly intense, dark green blooms are visible in the various bays, inlets and rivers along the coastline. To the South, near the Everglades and the Keys, light tan sediments can be seen.

Charlotte Harbor Estuary, Florida

February 1st, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Charlotte Bay, Florida, USA - January 29th, 2009

Charlotte Bay, Florida, USA - January 29th, 2009

Charlotte Harbor Estuary (center) is a natural estuary spanning the west coast of Florida from Venice (north) to Bonita Springs (south) on the Gulf of Mexico.

It is one of the most productive wetlands in Florida. The estuary has a large watershed, including the Peace River, Caloosahatchee River (via Pine Island Sound) and Myakka River basins.

It is classified as a bar-built estuary, formed when sandbars build up along the coastline. The sand bars, visible along the coastline and framed with green algae, block the waters behind them from the sea. Such estuaries are tend to be shallow with minimal tidal action.

This is a threatened ecosystem resulting from the rapid increase of growth and development, poor land use policies, and the overuse of natural resources.

Many endangered species inhabit this area, including the Florida panther, American Alligator, West Indian Manatee, Bald Eagle, Wood Stork, Piping Plover, American crocodile, Green and Loggerhead Sea Turtles, and many more.

When the full image is opened, it is also possible to see the tip of the Florida Keys island chain.

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