Study: Sea-Level Rise Might Kill Big Cypress Preserve’s Namesake Trees

This article discusses a study about how Sea-Level Rise Might Kill Big Cypress Preserve’s Namesake Trees.

South Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve is aptly named for its abundance of large cypress trees. The 720,000-acre stretch of land is one of the last few large chunks of protected Everglades wetland in South Florida — but thanks to a web of nefarious, man-made problems, the site will likely look very different within the next 50 years.

And now Florida International University researchers warn that, thanks to sea-level rise, the bald cypress trees on the preserve might not survive much longer. According to an FIU study published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental and Experimental Botany, rising oceans mean an infusion of more saltwater into the wetland ecosystem — and some of the preserve’s cypress trees aren’t equipped to handle that much salt. FIU’s ecologists warn that humans might need to add chemicals to water in areas such as Big Cypress to prevent all of the trees from dying.

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