The Everglades in space and time -- An ecosystem overview -- Freshwater marshes: water, weather, and fire -- Tree islands -- Tropical hardwood hammocks -- Pinelands -- The big cypress swamp -- Mangrove swamps -- Coastal lowland vegetation ... and hurricanes! -- Coastal estuarine and marine waters -- Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades headwaters -- Origins of the flora and fauna -- Invertebrates -- Freshwater fishes -- Marine and estuarine fishes -- Amphibians -- Reptiles -- Mammals -- Birds -- Synthesis -- ecological relationships and processes in the Everglades region -- Man and the Everglades. The second edition of a bestseller, The Everglades Handbook: Understanding the Ecosystem continues to provide a wealth of information on the entire ecosystem of the Everglades. Offering the essentials of what the ecosystem is and how it works, the Handbook benefits those addressing issues such as Everglades restoration, water management, wildlife management, and water quality problems in urban and agricultural planning. With an emphasis on natural history, the text is unified around themes of biogeography and ecosystem functions of the plant and animal communities. It presents current and historical geology, discussions of human impacts, ecosystem degradation, and planned restoration, and covers the socioeconomic aspects of the Everglades ecosystem. What's new in the Second Edition: ¨ Additional chapter on Big Cypress Swamp ¨ New section on Lake Okeechobee and its headwaters ¨ A new synthesis chapter which diagrams ecological succession and food web.