Cypress Strands and Cypress Domes

Welcome to the swamp, folks!

The Fakahatchee Strand is the world's largest cypress strand

Cypress "domes" get their names from

"Epiphytes" are plants that grow

A channel of deeper water in the Everglades is called a

Cypress domes and strands can create their own micro-climates. The shade of the tree canopy helps to keep the air a few degrees cooler than open prairies, while also trapping moisture. This helps to create a habitat that tends to be a bit cooler and more humid year-round.

How do you think this cooler, more humid micro-climate makes for an ideal habitat for certain species of plants and animals throughout the year? Give some examples.

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