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NOAA Photo Library Image - nerr0825

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Key Island, a barrier island, was infested with Australian pine trees, an invasive non-native plant that resul ted in significant loss of biodiversity of native plant communities. Salt-toler ant, they have shallow root systems that cause them to topple easily in high win ds, creating obstacles for Atlantic loggerhead turtles trying to nest on beach.

Image ID: nerr0825, NOAA's Estuarine Research Reserve Collection
Location: Florida, Key Island

Category: Estuaries/

High Resolution Photo Available

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