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Florida Cooperative Geologic Mapping Project

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Photo from the South Florida Ecosystem History Project website
Project Investigators: Bruce R. Wardlaw, Thomas M. Cronin

Project Start Date: 1996 End Date: 1999


To provide the framework for understanding the subsurface of Florida.

A multitude of water-related societal issues face southern Florida in the 1990's. These include irrigation demands of agricultural; business, run-off from agricultural lands and canals, increasing demands of a rapidly growing population in the Naples and Miami area (Miami showing the fourth fastest growth rate in the U.S. in the 1980's), the recently mandated restoration of natural sheet flow through the Everglades ecosystem, and vitality of the important fisheries of Florida Bay. This project provides a baseline for the geologic framework of aquifers and a baseline for ecosystem variability and tracks the change in ecosystems through the last several hundred years to provide critical information for reasonable restoration targets to land planners and managers in southern Florida. This project was an umbrella project that encompassed the ecosystem history projects (see list below) as well as information about geohydrology. For information about the geohydrologic project, please see information below. This project ended in 2000.

The following projects are part of the South Florida Ecosystem History project:

Florida Cooperative Mapping Project Activities

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