What's in a Name?
We call it the Everglades...
When the early explorers first viewed the Everglades long ago, they saw large fields of grass.
So they began to call it the Ever-Glades:
Ever from the word forever & Glades which is an old English word that means a grassy open place.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas (journalist & writer) created another well known name for the Everglades, "the River of Grass." This name came from her famous book titled: Everglades: River of Grass.
What name would you come up with for the Everglades?
Each visitor has different expectations of the Everglades, which is why there are so many varying descriptions.
Regardless of what people called it, most would agree on three things:
How would you describe the Everglades?
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Did You Know?
Limestone is the porous, sedimentary rock you see in the Everglades. These rocks are made of calcium and contain fossils of sea life, evidence of ancient seas that once covered the area. The limestone aquifer under the Everglades acts as the principal water recharge area for all of south Florida.