Florida Benthic Habitat Atlas

The Benthic Habitats of the Florida Keys atlas represents the culmination of a six-year federal and state effort to map the distribution and types of benthic habitats within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

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The Benthic Habitats of the Florida Keys atlas contains 32 color maps depicting the benthic habitat types at a scale of 1:51,500. In addition to showing the locations and extents of different habitat types in the Florida Keys, the atlas provides a brief description of the Florida Keys region, summary information on the extents of the ecological habitats by subregion, and a detailed description of each habitat type. For purposes of organization and presentation, the Florida Keys are divided into three regions: the Upper Keys, the Middle Keys, and the Lower Keys and Dry Tortugas.

The associated datasets are available via a zipped shapefile as well as a Google Earth-compatible KMZ

This material and other related datasets can also be obtained from our Marine Resources GIS Data Downloads Web page and our Quick Maps website.



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