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This map shows the counties that are included in the second definition of the Big Bend region of Florida.

The Big Bend of Florida, U.S.A., is an informal region of the state with no official surveyed boundary. It includes part of the counties of the Florida Panhandle. Geologists prefer to characterize Florida’s Big Bend as the drowned karst section of the coast that occurs between the Apalachicola Cuspate Delta and Southwest Florida’s Central Barrier Coast.[1][2][3] Perhaps the most culturally relevant definition of the Big Bend region is the section of west peninsular Florida’s coast without barrier islands-- the section from North Anclote Key (or the Anclote River) to Ochlockonee Bay, near Alligator Point. The straight line distance between these two geographic features is about 150 miles apart. Generally following the arc of the coast offshore, it is closer to 200 miles in distance.

An alternative definition more prevalent in Florida's panhandle includes the area around Apalachee Bay, an arm of the Gulf of Mexico. It runs from Franklin County on the west end through Jefferson, Taylor and Dixie on the southeast end.[4] Common usage may also include Franklin, Gadsden, Leon, Liberty and Madison counties in the region.[5][6] The principal city in the region is Tallahassee.

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References

  1. ^ Williams, K., Z. Pinzon, R. Stumpf, and E. Raabe. (1999), Sea-level Rise and Coastal Forests on the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. Geol. Surv.: Open-file Rept. 99-441. 87pp + app.
  2. ^ A Photo Gallery of Florida's Big Bend Tidal Wetlands
  3. ^ Status of Knowledge in Florida's Big Bend
  4. ^ Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserve - URL retrieved September 21, 2006
  5. ^ Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend Region - URL retrieved September 21, 2006
  6. ^ Big Bend Chapter of PAF - URL retrieved September 21, 2006
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