NETWATCH: Down in the Swamp

Science  14 Sep 2007:
Vol. 317, Issue 5844, pp. 1477a
DOI: 10.1126/science.317.5844.1477a

“The Ever Glades [sic] are now suitable only for the haunt of noxious vermin, or the resort of pestilent reptiles.” That was the verdict of an 1848 report to Congress that recommended draining the vast Florida wetland. It's one of the jewels tucked away in the Everglades Digital Library, created by Florida International University in Miami.

The archive contains more than 400 articles, maps, photos, and other materials about south Florida's history and environment. Offerings range from plant censuses and rainfall analyses to recorded interviews with Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890-1998), the writer who galvanized efforts to preserve the Everglades. In a 1908 photo, a girl in Miami poses on a stuffed alligator.

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