Thanks for your comments.

(1) Yes, I’m a na…

Thanks for your comments.

(1) Yes, I’m a native Marylander, born in Baltimore and growing up in the outskirts. I “cut my teeth” as a budding hydrologist on Deer Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna.

(2) Your 100 percent right. It’s not obvious that the cypress get flooded. I’m so “knee deep” in water I lose track of that.

(3) That’s an excellent book. It’s become the standard blueprint for deciphering the convoluted history of water development in south Florida. Michael Grunwald gave the Everglades an instant water classic, in the same spirit that Marc Risner’s Cadillac Desert tells the saga of water development in the American west.

(4) Really good question: its slash pine (Pinus elliotii) in both habitats. I’m a hydrologist first, a botanist a very far down the list, but my understanding is the big difference between hydric and mesic pinelands lies in the soils and the “understory” vegetation.

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