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Crystal River and Tarpon Springs
The west Florida coast, between the Crystal River and the Anclote River (north of Tarpon Springs), included Crystal Bay, Homosassa Bay, Chassahowitzka Bay, Rock Island Bay, Centipede Bay and Indian Bay. Offshore of these areas lays the St. Martins Reef, which is dominated by extensive seagrass beds. Fresh water to the area is provided by the Crystal, Halls, Pithlachascotee and Anclote Rivers as well as an extensive, interconnected freshwater spring system.
Much of the coastline in the area is fringed with coastal swamps and bayous and many areas are accessible only by boat.
Coordinates: 27.96° N 82.48° W
USFW. 1982. Gulf Coast Ecological Inventory Map; Tarpon Springs, FL area. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife - Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
Florida Department of Environmental Protection - Crystal River State Buffer Preserve
Florida Department of Environmental Protection - St. Martins Marsh Aquatic Preserve
Florida Department of Environmental Protection - Crystal River Archaeological State Park
U.S. Fish & Wildlife - Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge
Keywords: Coastal swamp, Seagrass, Crystal River, Tarpon Springs
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