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Florida Keys

(Encyclopedia) Florida Keys, chain of coral and limestone islands and reefs, c.150 mi (240 km) long, extending from Virginia Key, S of Miami Beach, to Key West, and forming the southern…

Florida, Straits of

(Encyclopedia) Florida, Straits of, passage, c.90 mi (145 km) wide, between the Florida Keys in the north and Cuba in the south. It connects the Gulf of Mexico with the Atlantic Ocean.

Key Largo

(Encyclopedia) Key Largo, narrow island, c.30 mi (48 km) long, off S Fla., largest of the Florida Keys . Along with other Florida Keys, especially Key West, it has become an…

National Marine Sanctuary Program

(Encyclopedia) National Marine Sanctuary Program, federally owned marine and Great Lakes reserves, administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The…

satinwood

(Encyclopedia) satinwood, name for a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry . It comes from two tropical trees of the…

Homestead

(Encyclopedia) Homestead. 1 City (1990 pop. 26,866), Dade co., SE Fla.; inc. 1913. A large Miami suburb with a growing Hispanic population, Homestead is a trade center for the…

grouper

(Encyclopedia) grouper, common name for a large carnivorous member of the family Serranidae (sea bass family), abundant in tropical and subtropical seas and highly valued as food…

Key West

(Encyclopedia) Key West, city (1990 pop. 24,832), seat of Monroe co., S Fla., on an island at the southwestern extremity of the Florida Keys ; inc. 1828. About 150 mi (240 km)…

hurricane

(Encyclopedia) hurricane, tropical cyclone in which winds attain speeds greater than 74 mi (119 km) per hr. Wind speeds gust over 200 mi (320 km) per hr in some hurricanes. The…

Florida Overview

(Encyclopedia) Florida flôr´ĭdə, flŏr´– [key], state in the extreme SE United States. A long, low peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean (E) and the Gulf of Mexico (W), Florida is…