Everglades “lamp posts” of light

When is too much not enough?

Hydrologic data collection in the Everglades comes to mind.

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Part of the problem is that the Everglades are so big.

That means for every lamp post of light that we have data for there are “city block after city block” of pure darkness that we grope through with lanterns as best we can.

The great thing about hydrology is that its measurable, with a long historical record. You can click on the map above to view historical water depths and flows in various parts of the Everglades. The hydrograph below shows a summary for the past couple years.

As for the biological aspects and other subtleties of the landscape, they are harder to explain.

Nothing against those dark city corners, but because the lamp posts are where the light is, that’s usually where I look.

Still, that’s a lot of lamp post light to look under!

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