The Everglades comprise a vast, interconnected mosaic of distinct ecosystems. These diverse habitats are in a state of constant change, subject to the influences of a full suite of environmental processes.
Geology, water quality, fire, and weather are but a few of the many natural factors that help shape the development of the Everglades landscape. Still, the actions of humans also have a strong influence. The introduction of non-native species, disruptive water management actions, and the disturbance of natural processes have all worked to undermine the integrity of the historic ecosystem.
Did You Know?
The Everglades served as the backdrop for much of the military action during the Seminole Wars. The Seminole and Miccosukee people sought refuge within the isolated and relatively unknown expanse of land and water.