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Peat profiles of the Everglades in Florida: the stratigraphic features of the Upper Everglades and correlation with environmental changes

Peat profiles of the Everglades in Florida: the stratigraphic features of the Upper Everglades and correlation with environmental changes

Jour Washington Acad Sci 20(6): 89-106

Peat profiles obtained in the Everglades show that the area began as a sawgrass (Cladivm) marsh. A basal layer of brown, fibrous sawgrass peat accumulated over bed-rock and was succeeded by a surface layer of relatively dense, fine grained ooze. Lake Okechobee is a body of water in a hydrostatic condition; it was impounded relatively recently to a height of more than 20 ft. above sea level by the accumulation of the superimposed layer of sedimentary peat.

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