Can you see the S-12A?
How about now?
Here’s an even closer view:
To the left of the red Mack truck.
Big Cypress National Preserve has four major watersheds:
(1) Central Preserve, (2) Okaloacoochee Slough, (3) Mullet Slough and (4) the Everglades.
Within each watershed are major drainages …
Were water is deepest and flows longest.
Those include sloughs and strands.
Between the strands are higher lying (but still soggy) marl and dwarf cypress prairie.
What came first:
The depression or the dome?
Answer: Cypress domes form in shallow surficial depressions in the swamp’s underlying caprock, but that doesn’t explain why some depressions capped by a cypress dome and others, right next door, form a tree-free herbaceous marsh.
It might have something to do with the thickness of the marl.
Or maybe fire frequency or flooding depth also factors in.
Mark it down as another mystery of the swamp.
There’s basically two ways to know it’s the wet season: (1) You can look at the chart above or (2) go out and see it for yourself. Warning: The second way will probably result in getting your socks wet. Never the greatest feeling. But once you get past the hurdle of full immersion, you almost forget that they are wet at all. About the chart above: The swamp has two solid “wet season” months under its belt, and is working on a third (August). The blue bars show recent monthly rainfall. The horizontal white lines show the long-term average for each month. The “dark gray” and “light gray” bands show the normal and historic range for the month. We had a very dry “dry season,” thus despite the abundant rain, the swamp is a bit slower this year filling up. Final note: To become a true rainfall expert, we highly recommend both the approaches discussed above.
The swamp’s signature formation, its cypress domes ..
Also strangely lack names.
It might also have something to do with the swamp having too many domes to count
A colleague explained it to me like this:
Unlike cypress strands (i.e. usually named), cypress domes are not the the greatest of landmarks to navigate by from the ground.
That’s as good an explanation as I’ve heard.
It’s been a rainy week in the swamp.
Here’s some scenic photos of those clouds in action.
|South of Tamiami Trail|
in the vicinity of New River Strand
|Near the mouth of Turner River|
looking upstream. If you look closely
you can see the orphaned mile of
Turner River canal that was filled in
in 1996 and helped steer water back
to the river.
|Yes, that’s flooded, but it’s not|
the “wetting front.” It’s the line in
the swamp where the Moon Fish
Wildfire stopped, looking east
into the Everglades
The swamp is a flood and fire adapted ecosystem.
So goes flood and fire, so goes the swamp.