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The everglades are a subtropical marshland that is located in the state of Florida which has become a national park. The everglades extend for a total of 1,506,539 acres. This area is actually smaller than in the beginning as about half of the everglades have been used as agricultural land and this in correlation with the use of draining has resulted in much of the everglades to disappear. The everglades are home to many species of animals and plant life.

The everglades are subtropical which allows for it to host a great diversified ecological system. The everglades are actually a long and large shallow river which runs through Florida. The everglades have a combination of salt and fresh water which has helped to create a diverse system. “Although the Everglades is primarily a fresh-water ecosystem , it also encompasses nearly 196,280 hectares (485,000 acres) of the salty Florida Bay and Gulf of Mexico. The Florida Bay is a shallow salt-water bay found at the southern tip of Florida's 768 kilometer (477 mile) long peninsula, which is bordered on the east coast by the Atlantic Ocean, and on the west coast by the Gulf of Mexico. Its average depth is only 1.2 to 1.5 meters (4 to 5 feet), and 2.7 meters (9 feet) at its deepest point. The bay is cut off from the ocean by sandbars, dense mangrove islands, and the Florida Keys, and therefore has limited water circulation.”(2011) This includes 495000 acres of salt water leaving the majority of the everglades as fresh water. The everglades include a diverse group of vegetation which includes prairie land, wetland and man grove forest. This shows exactly how one area hosts such diverse vegetation. Unlike the rest of the United States who experience four seasons the everglades only have two and instead of the seasons being winter, spring, fall or summer they are categorized as wet and dry season. So in the everglades the season will either be a wet season or a dry season. Also in the dry season the everglades face a...