The Everglades

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Ocean zone: The Everglades

The location of the everglades is on the east coast of the U.S. marshes. They are found in south Florida by the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico.

Average temperature: 77F

Average density: 333.3/sq mi

Average pressure: 30.08 in

If going on a trip, pack short sleeve shirts, shorts, hats to put on head to block off the sun when hot, umbrella, tennis shoes, a couple of long pairs of pants, a few long sleeved shirts, a light jacket or sweatshirt, underwear, socks, a toothbrush and some toothpaste, floss, shampoo and soap, deodorant or other stuff needed for the body, flip flops, a towel, swimsuits, and plenty of sunscreen.

It's usually very warm there all of the time, and the UV index from the sun can be very high at times. Sunscreen is necessary to put on so you won't get sun burned. They can get a lot of rain and thunderstorms too. Some items that may be fun or helpful to bring is beach toys, a camera, binoculars to see far out, or anything else you want to bring that sounds fun to you.

If you dive down to check out the ocean floor, you will see animals like alligators, frogs, snails, snakes, crocodiles, bears, many birds, deer, raccoons, foxes, and tons of insects. Also lots of plants. Lots of these are in the Animalia kingdom and in Chordata for Phylum.

About the Everglades: The tides do affect the organisms that live in the everglades near the ocean by the sea level constantly rising up and down. If it gets too high, the water gets up on land and washes some of it away. It may be a lot of water for them. They get affected by both El Nino and La Nina. In El Nino, it's cold and wet, and in La Nina, it's warm and wet. When El Nino strikes, it's warm in the north, when in the south it's cold and rainy. When La Nina strikes, it's really warm and wet in the south, when in the north it is cold and dry.

Some invasive species in the Everglades are some trees and plants, Walking catfish, Blue tilapia, Mayan cichlids and a couple more types of fish, iguanas, Brown basilisk, Nile monitor and a couple of other types of reptiles, and there are also a few birds and mammals too that are invasive species. Below is an example of a food web in the Everglades.

Some resources that are in the Everglades is 137 miles of coast line, 572,200 acres of sawgrass and freshwater marsh, 230,100 acres of mangrove forest, and 220,000 acres of coastal areas. The Everglades is one of the ecosystems that have been damaged the most due to human activities. The population in Florida is rapidly growing, and building new things there is destroying the wildlife habitat. Also pesticides and fertilizers have been getting in the freshwater, killing species. What can be done to protect the Everglades is to kind of limit the population and tearing up wildlife there to build new things for us, and stop putting pesticides and fertilizers near the water so no more species can get killed.

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