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Santa Rosa Island
Santa Rosa Island is a narrow barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico and Santa Rosa Sound, in the vicinity of Pensacola, northwestern Florida. Santa Rosa forms the eastern tip of the Gulf Island National Seashore. It is the site of Fort Pickens, the largest of a group of forts designed to guard the island in the 1800ís, during the American civil war. Fort Pickens now houses an auditorium, a museum, and a visitorís center offering information about the area. The island has magnificent beaches and is also a resort area.
Nearest Largest City: Pensacola, Florida, USA
Santa Rosa Island is dotted with rolling dunes, sandy beaches and a mixture of trees and other vegetation. The dunes range in height from about 3 to 6 meters. The marsh community on the island is composed of grasses such as cordgrass. Taller pines and oaks, shrubs and other plants grow in dry sandy soils here. Featured wildlife include birds, reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans and fish, small mammals including beach mice, aquatic mammals such as otters, and marine mammals such as dolphins.
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Keywords: Crustacean, Beach mouse, Oak, Sand dune, Dolphin, Fish, Amphibian, Reptile, Bird
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