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Abiotic environment of Florida

The climatology of Florida varies from region to region due to its proximity to the equator. From central Florida to the Georgia border, the climate is generally humid subtropical, while South Florida fosters a tropical climate. The end of spring to mid-fall is characterized by a significant rainy season, subjecting Florida to hurricanes, thunderstorms, and tropical cyclones. The winter and spring is significantly drier, leading to brushfires and strict no-fire laws. While very uncommon, snow has been recorded in northern Florida; orange groves are damaged by hard freezes.
As a peninsula, Florida is surrounded on three sides by two main bodies of water, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Due to its water centrality and extremely low ratio of land sea levels, Florida is composed of marshland, swampland, lakes, springs and rivers. Florida's largest river is the St Johns River and its largest lake, Lake Okeechobee, flows into the Florida Everglades.

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