This Is How Solution Holes Form

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Solution holes form in the Miami Limestone of the Florida Everglades when rain water acidifies as it steeps in ground vegetation, and then chemically reacts with the calcium carbonate contained in the bedrock. One of the plant materials most important to this acidification process is the pine needle of the Florida Slash Pine aka Dade… Continue reading This Is How Solution Holes Form

Where Pine Rocklands Meet the Freshwater Marl Prairie

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Welcome to Everglades National Park, where the mighty Slash Pine Rocklands meet the Freshwater Marl Prairie and you can find Swamp Cabbage, Muhly Grass, Saw Grass, Saw Palmetto, Algae, Periphyton, fresh water springs, solution holes, and more. Check out these photos and stay tuned for more on the way. The biodiversity of plant communities in… Continue reading Where Pine Rocklands Meet the Freshwater Marl Prairie

What is Periphyton?

The basic primordial funk of life in the Everglades is Periphyton, a spongy mass of submerged bacteria, microbes, algae, decomposing vegetation, and assorted fecund matter that attaches to any surface it runs into; parlaying its feast of earthly flesh into a terra-not-so-firma that protects and serves the entire chain of life and food web of… Continue reading What is Periphyton?