ⓘ Miami Rock Ridge

                                     

ⓘ Miami Rock Ridge

The Miami Rock Ridge is a continuous limestone outcrop which formerly encompassed a large extent of far southern Florida, including portions of the Everglades ecosystem. The traditional base of the elevation ranges from northern Miami-Dade County, Florida southward to the upper Florida Keys, and it extends southwest into Everglades National Park.

The coastal ridge was traditionally a component of pine rocklands under threat of extinction that grew along the whole length of the ridge. The environmental community consisted of a large and continuous area elliottii Slash pine, South Florida-pines of VAR. densa, which was interspersed with tropical hardwood hammock. Globally threatened communities of pine Rockland, which also covers the Florida Keys and the Bahamas, supported by numerous endemic species of plants, 20% found nowhere else in the world. Communities of the Miami rock ridge are supported fires, including wildfires caused by lightning strikes, it affects vegetation and the associated inhabitants, thus supporting a diverse ecosystem. The substrate often consists of marl and climate also affects the growth of vegetation, therefore, a Mature subtropical hammock typically does not exceed 59 ft 18 m on the Miami rock ridge. Today the original communities have been largely removed by development, and the rest of the ecosystems are scattered into tiny fragments in extreme Southeast Florida; they now encompass small fractions of their original series. Simpson Park hammock and Alice Wainwright Park contain small fragments of tropical hardwood hammock.