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Florida's kissimmee river flows south into Lake Okeechobee, an expansive and shallow body of water in the south-central area of the state. At its southern end the lake slowly gives up its water to the Everglades, a vast and flat area of grasses and animal life extending southward to the Florida Keys. During the warm months, the water from Lake Okeechobee slowly flows in what has been characterized as a “River of Grass,” three feet deep at its extreme and up to 50 miles in width. In the dry season, water flow is diminished and multitudes of wildlife—birds, alligators, and large cats—seek refuge near pools of deeper water until the flow of water again begins in the spring. The Everglades is a truly unique landform, ...

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