Rivers & Springs
Abnellys Roca-Rios Period 4
- SUBSTRATE: Often sandy, but sometimes exposed limestone, silt, or clay.
- TOPOGRAPHY/HYDROLOGY: Most rivers and streams slow flowing; some panhandle rivers originate at higher elevations and are faster flowing; most springs are artesian. Of 24 major rivers, 21 flow south or west to the Gulf, 2 flow north and east to the Atlantic, and one flows south to Lake Okeechobee.
- PROCESSES/DYNAMICS/ABIOTIC FACTORS: Sand-bottom streams are slightly acidic and moderately colored; swamp-and-bog streams are very acidic and darkly colored; calcareous streams are cool, clear, and alkaline; large rivers carry considerable silt and clay and are always muddy.
Classification of the American Alligator
- Kingdom: animalia
- Phylum: Chordate
- Class: reptile
- Order: crocodilia
- Family: Alligatoridae
- Genus: alligator
- Species: Alligator mississippiensis