Where Pine Rocklands Meet the Freshwater Marl Prairie

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 Everglades National Park is extreme. In the freshwater marl prairie alone, you may find up to 100 different variations where comparable marl in other states only exhibit 20.

The marl basically forms as sheet-flow water over the karstic limestone, and the soil left over from chemical weathering in the limestone meets the periphyton combo of algae, bacteria, fungi, and micro-organisms that form the basic link in the food chain that powers almost everything else.

The pine rocklands used to make up most of non-flood-zone Miami-Dade but have almost completely been built over. They historically house 100 foot tall moderately spaced trees and great plant diversity.

Reports state most of the former pine rocklands of the urban, suburban, and agricultural areas, generally located on higher ground along a rock ridge, were chopped down for development.

They are a great feature of the southern entrance of Everglades National Park, with plenty of walking and biking opportunities throughout. Careful safety must be observed at all times, especially in dry season, and shout out to everybody who keeps the area safe and healthy.

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By Jacob Katel

Diving into news about water.