This is the third installment of 12 Things to Experience on an Everglades Airboat Tour which can also be downloaded as a free eBook.
The Everglades and the 10,000 Islands are some of the last unexplored wilderness of Florida. The area considered the “Everglades” is defined as subtropical wetlands in the southern portion of Florida. It comprises the southern half of a large watershed.
The Everglades system begins near Orlando, where the Kissimmee River discharges into Lake Okeechobee. Water leaving the lake in the wet season forms a slow-moving river that is 60 miles wide and over 100 miles long. This river flows southward across a limestone shelf to Florida Bay at the southern end of the state.
The Everglades are shaped by water and fire, as this area experiences frequent flooding in the wet season and drought in the dry season. These sawgrass marshes are part of a complex system of interdependent ecosystems which include: