The Indian River Lagoon is not a River

Mangroves. Sunset, I Although the word “river” appears in its name, the Indian River Lagoon is not a river in any sense of the term. A river, by definition, has headwaters and flows to a mouth. The Indian River Lagoon has no headwaters, has no mouth, and when it does “flow,” it often flows in many different directions depending on winds, tides, and several other factors. The Indian River Lagoon is an estuary, a body of water where freshwater draining from the land mixes with the ocean’s salt water. The result is an environment teeming with plant and animal life. The photo was taken at Sunset on a sectin of the Lagoon near the North Causeway in Fort Pierce. The setting sun highlights the colors of the red mangrove.

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