Taylor Slough, located in the south eastern corner of the Everglades and the much larger Shark River Slough, farther to the west, are the principal natural drainages for the freshwater Everglades. The term "slough" (pronounced slew) is used to describe areas of the Everglades where there is slightly deeper water than in the surrounding marshes and where a slow, but measurable, current is present. In essence, sloughs are the broad, shallow rivers of the Everglades. Sloughs occupy areas of slight depressions in the limestone bedrock underlying south Florida and generally remain wet during the seasonal dry period (November to May). Sloughs are important refuges for aquatic wildlife during these dry periods.
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