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World's most endangered sites: Everglades, Florida

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Everglades, Florida

In 2010, Florida’s Everglades were added to the Danger List for a second time after a 14-year stint (1993–2007) from Hurricane Andrew damage. Overdevelopment and unremitting aquatic degradation continue to threaten the site’s delicate mangrove ecosystem, the largest in the Western Hemisphere, and its saw-grass prairie, the world’s biggest. Thirty-six endangered species, including the Florida panther, manatee, and scrub jay, live in the Everglades—the most significant breeding ground for wading birds in North America. It’s currently the only danger-listed site in the United States. —Adam H. Graham

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