Florida's Everglades Descriptive Essay by Nicky

An overview of the Florida Everglades.
# 146569 | 805 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This paper presents an environmental overview of Florida's Everglades, describing its importance to the ecosystem of the region. First, the paper focuses on the Everglades being a water-based resource, highlighting the impact of its water on agriculture, animal and plant life in the area. Then the paper shows how the Everglades have impacted the crops used by farmers in South Florida and how today that is shifting. Additionally, the paper looks at how other industries benefit from the Everglades water, as does the general population of the area. The paper concludes by emphasizing the value of the Everglades for basic water needs, tourism and the fishing industry in Florida Bay.

From the Paper:

"As a river, the Florida Everglades is a water-based resource. The existence of the Everglades is solely based on the river. In past, human intervention has resulted in sections of the Everglades drying, which led to rapid soil decomposition. Thus, the value of Everglades land was essentially nil. Therefore water is not only the primary resource in the Everglades, it is the one resource without which the Everglades would not exist. There have been times when other resources were harvested from the Everglades, namely bird plumes and alligators skins, but this type of hunting activity was unsustainable and has long since been curtailed."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • USGS Circular 1182. Retrieved March 19, 2009 from http://sofia.usgs.gov/publications/circular/1182/
  • Cave, Damien. (2008). Florida to Buy Sugar Maker in Bid to Restore Everglades. New York Times. Retrieved March 19, 2009 from http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/25/us/24cnd-sugar.html?hp
  • No author. (2002). Everglades Information: Water Resources. South Florida Water Management District. Retrieved March 19, 2009 from http://glades.sfwmd.gov/empact/home/02_everglades/05_water_resources/index.shtml
  • No author. (2007). The Southern Everglades and Florida Bay. The Audobon Society. Retrieved March 19, 2009 from http://www.audubon.org/states/fl/fl/PDFs/pubs_policydocs-florida_bay_report_main.pdf
  • Frogameni, Bill. (2008). Changing Times, Mixed Outlook for South Florida Farming. South Florida Business Journal. Retrieved March 19, 2009 from http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/stories/2008/06/30/story8.html

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Florida's Everglades (2011, January 04) Retrieved August 10, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/descriptive-essay/florida-everglades-146569/

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