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What Are The Landforms And Bodies Of Water In Florida?

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There are many landforms and bodies of water in Florida. Choosing three of the major ones allows a more descriptive answer. The Gulf of Mexico is one of the largest bodies of water connected to Florida, while the Leon Sinks and Red Hills Regions are important landforms.

The Gulf of Mexico is the ninth largest body of water in the world. As part of the Atlantic Ocean it is connected with the Florida Straits as well as the Caribbean Sea. It is bounded on the north, northeast and northwest by the Gulf Coast of the United States, on the southwest and south by Mexico and on the southeast by Cuba. It is approximately 810 nautical miles wide (1,500 km) and is roughly an oval shape. Florida receives cooler, nutrient-enriched waters from the deep of the Gulf of Mexico via the process of upwelling. This encourages plankton growth and attracts fish, shrimp and squid.

The Leon Sinks is a geographical area located in southern Leon County, Florida on the Woodville Karst Plain. It is a mature karstic area (a landscape shaped by the dissolution of a layer of soluble bedrock) and is one of the most extensive underwater cave systems in the world that connects to Wakulla Springs. The Leon Sinks are home to a wide range of life including freshwater eel and rare crustaceans. The Woodville Karst Plain crayfish and the swimming Florida cave ispos only exist in the Woodville Karst Plain.

The Red Hills Region is a 30,000-acre area that overlaps North Florida. It extends from the Aucilla River to the Ochlockonee River and from Coolidge, George down to Tallahasse, Florida. The River Hills Region is home to a mixture of flora and fauna including native species of trees and the last remnants of the Longleaf pine forests. River Hills has unique animals including the endangered Red-cocakeded woodpecker.

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