Lake Okeechobee

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lake okeechobee

  • Lake Okeechobee is Florida's largest lake

  • Lake Okeechobee is located on the south-central portion of the Florida peninsula at latitudes 27o 12'N to 26o 40'N and longitudes 81o 07'W to 80o 37'W.

  • Lake Okeechobee is nationally recognized as supporting high quality largemouth bass and black crappie fisheries.

  • Aquatic plant communities benefit fish by providing spawning habitat,
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  • Some abiotic factors of a lake are water, the rocks that may be nearby, sand, soil, and nutrients.
  • Most Florida lakes formed by dissolution of limestone bedrock, subsequent groundwater flow into subterranean caverns, and collapse of surface layers. 7800 lakes greater than 1 acre; most are small, shallow, and in central, sandy ridge part of state; Okeechobee produced by an uplifted sea-floor depression, is by far the largest.

  • Trophic (nutrient) status varies; most lakes are poorly to moderately supplied with nitrogen and phosphorus nutrients and have low to medium densities of microalgae and aquatic plants.

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Bald Eagle

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Clade: Dinosauria

Class: Aves

Order: Accipitriformes

Family: Accipitridae

Genus: Haliaeetus

Species: H. leucocephalus