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FW exam 2 - connected hydrologically o Everglades “River...

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Everglades Case Study Water flows downhill – connects different types of aquatic ecosystems Ecosystems are complex and dynamic – water quantity is liked to water quality Science is used for management and restoration in a variety of ways – modes, hypothesis- driven experiements Successful management includes key roles for management agencies, institutions and public Outline o Ecology of everglades o Human impacts o Large-scale changes in everglades ecology o Management o Restoration Ecology o Very unique o Diverse, connected aquatic ecosystems. Complex set of ecosystems is tightly
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Unformatted text preview: connected hydrologically o Everglades “River of grass” 80 km wide in places, less than 1 m deep, 30 m flow per day o Physical template Tropical climate – wet (summer, and dry season (fall thru spring) Fires – considered “natural”, frequent during dry season Hydrologic regime (seasonally variable) o Water chemistry Salinity – border between FW and saline wetlands is dynamic; determined by overland flow, tides, precipitation, etc. Nutrients – native vegetation adapted to low nutrient levels –...
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