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Encyclopedia > Okefenokee

The Okefenokee Swamp is a shallow, 400,000 acre (1600 kmē), peat-filled swamp located near the southern border of Georgia, in the United States. It is the largest freshwater swamp in North America. It is believed to have been a prehistoric salt marsh. The name means "trembling earth" in a Native American language.


It is also the home of the comic strip character Pogo.


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Sherpa Guides | Georgia | The Okefenokee Swamp | Natural History (5007 words)
The proclamation to recognize the Okefenokee as an environmental prize worth saving came after a quarter-century of heavy logging, beginning in 1910, in which thousands of cypress, pine, red bay and other trees were removed from the swamp.
Among the distinctive habitat types in the Okefenokee are the tree islands, floating mats of peat that support various mixtures of shrubs, hardwoods, and cypress.
Like all animals and plants in the Okefenokee, the fishes inhabit a special environment by today's standards, a healthy natural habitat that is destined to remain so, as far as human interference goes, as a result of the vigorous standards of environmental protection.
Okefenokee Swamp (1522 words)
Following the decline of the Moundbuilder civilization, the Okefenokee swamp was the border for three Indian Nations, the Mocama (to the north), the Timucua (to the south and east), and the Apalatchee (to the west).
Andrew Ellicott established the boundary in 1800, entering the Okefenokee from the west and marking a mound at the headwaters.
The Okefenokee Swamp was soon to become one battleground in an ongoing war between the United States Army and the Seminole Nation.
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