PHOSPHATE OVERBURDEN STRIPPED BY DRAGLINES
The southwest central Florida area is located over one of the largest phosphate deposits on the North American continent!
..."In 2000, ($1,130,000,000) or $1.13 billion dollars worth of (phosphate based) fertilizer was exported from Florida making it another one of Florida's leading export commodities", says the Department of Environmental Protection Services.
Is Florida phosphate more valuable than Florida watersheds and aquifers? Florida politics and a phosphate industry has shown it is! (Fig. 1) shows a Phosphate Dragline at work. Click (Fig.1) to read more
DRAGLINES OVERBURDEN REMOVAL
The phosphate industry defines Overburden as wetlands, aquifers, springs, grasslands, water tables, forests, rivers, lakes, ponds, etc... By definition overburden is where we all call home. (ie. your property is defined as Overburden by the Florida phosphate industry)
In 2003 the Florida phosphate industry as a whole, strip mined (4,501) acres of virgin Florida natural treasures. That would be over (4500) acres of Overburden, plus a strip mine pit down (150) feet where Florida's rich geographically raw treasure reserves existed for millennia. This scarred central Florida earth is clearly visible in satellite images.