Taken from the earlier book Priceless Florida (and modified for a stand-alone book), this volume discusses the fresh- and saltwater systems of Florida, including lakes and ponds; rivers and streams; springs; aquatic caves; estuarine waters and seafloors; submarine meadows, sponge, rock, and reef communities; and the Gulf and Atlantic Ocean. Introduces readers to the trees and plants, insects, mammals, reptiles, and other species that live in Florida's unique water ecosystems, including chicken turtle, barking treefrogs, osprey, herons, bass, crayfish, conchs, cordgrass, and railroad vine. Discusses the food chain and the interconnectedness of all species.
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Ellie Whitney was educated at Harvard and Washington Universities and has lived in Tallahassee since 1970. She has taught at Florida State and Florida A&M Universities and has authored more than two dozen college textbooks on health and related topics. She has spent more than 35 years exploring outdoor Florida and studying its ecology.