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Ten Thousand Islands
Ten Thousand Islands is a group of small islands in the southwestern region of Florida's Gulf coast. It includes numerous sandy islands and shoals are present in the western portion, near Cape Romano. The Whitewater Bay and the Everglades mark the southeastern extent of the Ten Thousand Islands region.
Most of the islands are in the Everglades National Park and the Rookery Bay National Estuary Reserve (see links below). Native American midden construction constitutes the only sigfnificant 'land'.
Nearest Largest City: Everglades City, Florida, USA
Area of Coverage: 697 km2
Maximum Depth: 3 m
The islands and surrounding environment cover a total area of 697 square km and 20.2 square km of submerged aquatic vegetation, with a drainage area of 62 square km. It includes 8761 square km of coastal wetlands, with an average salinity of 17 ppt. The area is covered with mangrove forests and surrounded by clam and oyster beds.
USEPA. 1999. Ecological condition of estuaries in the Gulf of Mexico. EPA 620-R-98-004. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Gulf Ecology Division, Gulf Breeze, Florida. 80 pp.
USGS - Ten Thousand Islands, 2003. URL: http://sofia.usgs.gov/virtual_tour/tirb/index.html
Everglades National Park
Rookery Bay National Estuary Reserve
Everglades - National Wildlife Federation
USGS - Ten Thousand Islands
Keywords: Mangrove, Clam, Oyster, Everglades, National Park
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