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Biscayne National Park

Pictures by QT Luong

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[1 : Overview]
[2 : Mainland]
[3 : Boca Chita Key]
[4 : Elliott Key]
[5 : Southern Keys]
[6 : Underwater Reef]
[7 : Underwater Mangroves]
[8 : Aerials]
[9 : People]
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Large Format photos of Biscayne National Park · Panoramic photos of Biscayne National Park

Biscayne National Park, just southwest west of Miami, is mostly an underwater wilderness, preserving the northermost coral reef in North America, and the only one in the continental United States.

These reefs, which are still growing in the offshore Atlantic waters, are built by colonies of tiny polyps which cooperate with microscopic algae living in their tissue to secrete limestone which forms fantastic shapes such as antlers, fans, or brains. Starting on any underwater rock, the mass of dead coral adds up height, until they surface to make up islands, called here the Keys.

The Keys act as tropical barrier islands which shield the Biscayne Bay from beeing battered by ocean waves. Their sheltered side by the Bay, as well as the narrow band of coastal shoreline are lined by the longest mangrove shoreline on the East coast. The mangroves, with their impenetrable prop root system, anchor the shoreline, filter the water, and serve as a shelter for many of the fish species who venture into the marine nursery of the shallow Bay water.

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Sun rises over the Atlantic ocean. Biscayne National Park ( color) Sunrise framed by tree, Elliott Key. Biscayne National Park ( color) Small islands in Biscayne Bay near Convoy Point, sunset. Biscayne National Park ( color) Sand bars, light and clouds, Atlantic Ocean. Biscayne National Park ( color) Clouds reflected in water, Biscayne Bay. Biscayne National Park ( color) Aerial view of mainland coast near Convoy Point. Biscayne National Park ( color) Aerial view of reef, Elliott Key, and Biscayne Bay. Biscayne National Park ( color) Aerial view of reef and shoreline. Biscayne National Park ( color) Underwater sea grass and fallen mangrove leaves. Biscayne National Park ( color) School of baitfish fleeing predator fish. Biscayne National Park ( color) Brain coral and fish. Biscayne National Park ( color) Yellow snappers under an overhang. Biscayne National Park ( color) Yellow snappers and soft coral. Biscayne National Park ( color) Sunrays and silverside fish school in mangrove forest. Biscayne National Park ( color) Large angelfish and mangrove roots. Biscayne National Park ( color) Mangrove root system shelters fish, Convoy Point. Biscayne National Park ( color) Above and below water view at the edge of the mangal. Biscayne National Park ( color) Tall mangrove tree and channel, Swan Key. Biscayne National Park ( color) Narrow channel lined with mangroves. Biscayne National Park ( color) Mangrove islet, Linderman Key. Biscayne National Park ( color) Mangroves and Atlantic Ocean, Boca Chita Key. Biscayne National Park ( color) Lighthouse, Boca Chita Key. Biscayne National Park ( color) Saltwarts plants on outer coast, morning, Elliott Key. Biscayne National Park ( color) Tree on Atlantic Ocean shore. Biscayne National Park (Panoramic color) Mangrove shoreline on Elliott Key near the harbor, afternoon. Biscayne National Park ( color) Small mangrove shrubs, Elliott Key. Biscayne National Park ( color) Mangrove shore of Elliott Key, sunset. Biscayne National Park ( color) Coastal wetland community of mangroves at dusk, Elliott Key. Biscayne National Park ( color) Sunset on Biscaye Bay from Elliott Key. Biscayne National Park ( color) Elliott Key harbor, dusk. Biscayne National Park ( color) View over Florida Bay through mangrove branches at sunset. Biscayne National Park (Panoramic color) Mangrove tree branches at night, Convoy Point. Biscayne National Park ( color)
There are 32 color pictures on this page out of 181 color pictures of Biscayne.

Themes: Biscayne Fish, Biscayne National Park Night, Biscayne Underwater

Places: Florida Keys, Florida National Parks