Human undertakings have the unfortunate side effect of causing Mississippi River sediments to go straight down the river's channel and into the Gulf of Mexico (Farber 147). Human reformations in Louisiana’s coastal wetlands also include draining and filling for urban or agricultural expansion, which contribute to the premature and accelerated loss of
The Everglades used to be a beautiful place that was home to many rare endangered species. But thanks to construction, agbusinesses, and draining the Everglades we have destroyed this one beautiful piece of land. To lead off, a mass increase in construction around and in the Everglades lead to a total destruction of it. In “ The Florida Everglades ” it says “ The construction cuts off the flow of fresh water to the Everglades.” Without the flow of fresh water to the Everglades fish wouldn 't be able to live, the Florida Bay wouldn’t be able to survive and we wouldn’t have clean water to drink. On page 113 paragraph 1 it states “ These wetlands were once home to many rare, endangered, and exotic species.
In the isthmus, as in different areas, amphibian populations have endured tremendous decay, even to the point that some species have probably disappeared from the wild, because of the development of a fungal disease known as chytridiomycosis. This is an infectious disease that affects amphibians worldwide. It is caused by the chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis), a fungus capable of causing sporadic deaths in some amphibian populations and 100 percent mortality in others. The Chytrid fungus is killing the Panamanian golden frog, a national symbol of good luck, almost to the point that this species is among the ones in grave danger of extinction (Aldred). In order to address the fast decline of the amphibian populations due to this fungus, two successful initiatives have been implemented towards the recovery of these populations, resulting in the creation of the El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center and the Amphibian Rescue Center (Aldred).
These hammocks are linked to prairies because they both can tolerate fire. Although hurricanes did damage to the plant life in this area, it is still a beautiful part of ENP. Anhinga Trail is the most popular trail that visitors walk along to observe the diverse plant and animal life. It is a sawgrass prairie, which is an ecosystem that “stays wet for most of the year and water levels drop during the dry season” (“Sawgrass Prairie”). It is also a freshwater slough, “low-lying area that channels water through the Everglades” (“Ecosystems: Freshwater Slough”).
The operations have raised troubling questions about water quality and threat to public health. “Manure from factory farms often contains majority of heavy metals, lake-choking nutrients and deadly pathogens such as E. coli. In fact, wherever factory farms have concentrated industrial piles of manure in small space, big trouble follows” (Dr. Paul Hasselback). Local citizens are concerned about the amount of untreated waste it creates. According to a U.S. survey, people living downwind from hog farms, where such factories originate experience more headaches, runny noses, sore throats, excessive coughing, diarrhea and burning eyes than residents of communities without hog factories.
The Salish Sea encompasses the Orca, and is a diverse ecosystem with more than 200 fish species and some 300 species of invertebrates, such as crabs, mussels, nudibranchs. The natural beauty of Orcas is evident in a popular camping location, Moran State Park, located near Eastsound, and Mount Constitution, towering some 2000 feet, showcasing a spectacular panoramic view of the surrounding lakes, parklands and smaller islands. Orcas Island offers many great opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, touring the countryside, kayaking coastal waters, hiking the lush forest, day-sailing Deer Harbor, and sightseeing the Judd Cove Preserve and enjoying its beach. Orcas Island is a unique, exquisite jewel that is a natural splendor ready to be explored and
REFLECTION ESSAY 2 Introduction In the following essay I intend to elaborate on the five main themes of geography as they relate to Weeki Wachee, Fl. “The geology of Florida makes Weeki Wachee a unique playground. The state is a patchwork of springs that discharge fresh water from underground aquifers” (Ayers & Matson, 2010). Ultimately, I plan to describe not only the changes the area has gone through, but the impact these changes has had on the community. General Overview Although, Hernando County consists of many small towns with an insurmountable amount of history the following essay is about Weeki Wachee, which is 4.4 miles north of Spring Hill, Fl., my current residence.
There is a variety of underbrush and plants that require water but not a lot of sun. These plants cover the entirety of the forest floor, making it hard for discovery of new species in the thicket. Furthermore, the Amazon River floods, rejuvenating plants and helping them to flourish. The Amazon River is the second largest river, next to the Nile in Africa. Running through the center of the Amazon Rainforest, it provides irrigation to plants along it.
This system is responsible for the distribution of heat from equator to pole, and is consequently an important climatic process. The Southern Ocean is origin of the Antarctic Bottom Water, the most prevalent deep water mass. It forms when surface water at the Ross and Weddell ice shelves cools through contact with the atmosphere. When sea ice forms in polynyas at these sites, brine is squeezed from the forming crystals and makes the surrounding ocean more saline. The combination of low temperature and high salinity cause the water to sink to the ocean floor.
Coral reefs. By: Valentina Sarria. Coral reefs are one of the most diverse and complex habitats. They are one of the most interesting and colorful ecosystems found in the marine environment. They are very unique in many different ways and a crucial support for human life.
The Apalachicola River begins in Georgia with the Chattahoochee River, north of Atlanta. Once the river crosses the Georgia-Florida border and is joined by the Flint River it’s called the Apalachicola River. It contains one of the most diverse, productive, and economically important natural systems in the southeastern United States. The Apalachicola basin provides a home to a great diversity of wildlife species and many endemic plant species. The Apalachicola River plays an integral role in the ecology of Apalachicola Bay.
They eat seagrass and freshwater vegetation. They are losing their habitats they really need to live. The migration route for a manatee in winter and summer is back and forth from the east and west coast of Florida. Manatees usually migrate seasonally. And manatees travel with the warm water.
Specifically, Florida is already experiencing such consequences and seaclimate.org, a website that focuses on oceanic temperature and conditions, states that by the year "2050 South Florida will flood in areas reaching more than 4 feet above high tide"(seaclimate.org). Unfortunately, "more than half the population of more than 100 Florida towns and cities lives on land below that 4-foot line", thus there will be lost homes and entire cities might flood as well. In fact, areas in other states, such as Newport Beach, CA, will experience a rise in sea level and loose areas in the
An agency like the FDEP must be broken down into smaller subdivision working areas that each has different jobs. The first one is the Water Policy and Ecosystems and that subdivision’s main jobs are to oversee Florida’s five regional water management districts, regulate the plan to restore the many unique South Florida ecosystems, and manage Florida’s most valuable submerged lands and coastal uplands (FDEP 2015). Second is Water Quality Assessment and Restoration division and their job is to establish water quality standard, monitor the water quality statewide, figure out which bodies of water do not meet the quota, and work with the locals to bring the bodies of water back to a healthy state (FDEP 2015). Third is the Permitting, Compliance and Enforcement subdivision and its duties are to regulate coastal construction, mining and minerals extraction, and manage wastewater and storm water facilities (FDEP 2015). Lastly, is the Financial Assistance subdivision and all this division does is provide money each year in the form of loans and grants to local governments for the construction of water infrastructure and implement them in the best way possible (FDEP 2015).
They’re also tolerant of a broad range of environmental and climatic conditions, making them able to occupy many habitats. There are concerns that cane toads are the key factor in the decline of many native species. They endanger native frogs by consuming far more prey than them, approximately 200 food items per night, causing native frogs to need to compete for their food. They also possess highly toxic chemical predator defences which can kill many native predators, such as snakes and lizards that attempt to consume them (The biological effects, including lethal toxic ingestion, caused by Cane Toads). Due to these effects on the environment, a solution to the cane toad issue is urgent.