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Everglades National Park

By Jessica Yang, Jessica Huo, Julia Mcnamara and Paula Gu

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Everglades National Park By Jessica H, Jessica Y, Paula G and Julia M 'A river of grass flowing imperceptibly from the hinterland into the sea'
Everglades National Park is located at Florida, USA.

2010 Geography Presentation It was made a WHS in 1979 and it is one of the largest and most well-known of America's national parks. Currently covering 1,506,539 acres, it is the third largest national park in the contiguous 48 states, smaller only than Death Valley and Yellowstone National Parks.
But something is wrong... The Everglades National Park has been put on the World Heritage Endangered List for the second time. It was recently affected by the Gulf Oil Spill And that isn't the main crisis... Water inflows have been reduced by up to 60 percent and nutrient pollution increased to the point where the site is showing significant loss of marine habitat and a subsequent decline in marine species. So...what's wrong?! The ecosystems in Everglades National Park have suffered significantly from human activity, and the repair and restoration of the Everglades is a politically charged issue in South Florida.

Everglades National Park was created to protect a fragile ecosystem. The Everglades are wetlands created by a slow-moving river originating in Lake Okeechobee, fed by the Kissimmee River, and flowing southwest into Florida Bay. The park protects marshland and forest ecosystems that are maintained naturally. Thirty-six species designated as threatened or protected live in the park, including the Florida panther, the American crocodile, and the West Indian manatee. It is has the largest mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere and habitats more than 350 species of birds, 300 species of fresh and saltwater fish, 40 species of mammals, and 50 species of reptiles. Humans have lived in the Everglades for thousands of years, but in 1882 the region began to be drained for agricultural and residential use. In the 20th century the natural water flow from Lake Okeechobee was controlled and diverted to the explosive growth of the South Florida metropolitan area. The park was established in 1934 to protect the quickly vanishing Everglades and dedicated in 1947, the same year massive canal-building projects across South Florida began to divert water away from the park. But how do we help the Everglades? Tell us how Paula! Ways to help Everglades... We need to divert some of the water so that it goes back to Everglades National Park. This will replenish water supplies. Monitoring of this process should take place with volunteers taking tests and watching, with cameras installed. Check ups on the animals should be done regulary, to make sure adaption is going well. Decrease human activity in the area Also, find out which nutrients are missing from the ecosystem and try to replenish them. This is a long term project, but hopefully with the help of the government and if we get started now, Everglades National Park will be returned to its natural beauty. Everglades Natio al Park The park was founded in 1934 by Ernest F. Coe n It is 5300km 2 And protects some of the worlds most rare animals and fragile ecosystems It will soon be removed from the World Heritage Sites Endagered List... hopefully... . . ) Thank you for listening to our beaniful presentation! By J.M, J.H, J.Y and Paula! Hello fellow people! I IS THE MISTER BEAN :D What is wrong Julia!? Save the Everglades! Thanks again, and don't forget to...
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