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SL364: Landscape Diversity: Florida Phosphate Mine Pit Lakes

Figure 2. Phosphate mine pit lake during reclamation. Water levels in this lake are expected to increase by 5–10 feet following reclamation. The slopes in the foreground have been contoured to reclamation standards. The slopes in the top right have yet to be contoured to reclamation standards. Note the flattened platform (middle left), which will be a fish bedding/littoral zone. The inundated areas are the mine pit bottoms and will become the deeper pockets in the lake.

Credit: M. Wilson