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MGS-McPherson 1974 (Excerpt)

The Big Cypress Swamp


Benjamin F. McPherson

Reprinted from Memoir 2: Environments of South Florida: Present and Past, November, 1974.


The Big Cypress Swamp differs from the adjacent Everglades in topography, soils, water quality, and vegetation. Because the Swamp has relatively more high land, inundation and soil deposition are less extensive in the Swamp than in the Everglades. Soil in the Swamp is usually a thin (less than 0.6 meters) layer of marl, sand, or mixtures of the two, or is absent where limestone crops out, whereas soil in the Everglades is usually deeper organic peat. Vegetation in the Swamp is closely associated with topography, water inundation, and soils, and is more diverse and forested than it is in the Everglades.

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