The Everglades are actually a river of grass; the widest, shallowest and slowest moving river in the US. It flows through a seemingly endless prairie of sawgrass, dotted by hammock islands and cypress domes, and separated from the ocean by mangrove swamps and coastal prairie. The southern portion is protected by the Everglades National Park and other preservation areas, but the whole ecosystem is threatened by agriculture, canals to supply coastal cities, and land development further north. And then there are rising sea levels - the elevation is now mostly 2 to 4 feet above sea level.
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