Gulf oil spill: Monitoring the Everglades

  • Scientists head out to collect baseline samples from several sites around the Florida Bay side of Flamingo, in Everglades National Park, Friday, May 21, 2010. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Red mangrove tree close to shore east of Clubhouse Beach, in Flamingo, Everglades National Park, on the Florida Bay side, where scientists are taking baseline samples of soil and sediment, or "mud and mangroves," said Jimi Sadle, Park Botanist, Friday, May 21, 2010. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • At each of the 98 sites along the shore of Everglades National Park, on the Florida Bay side of Flamingo, scientists, like Jimi Sadle, park botanist, gather baseline samples. Each time they scoop up the sand they use a new pair of gloves, container and shovel. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jimi Sadle, park botanist, at Everglades National Park, holds a sample of the sand near the shore of a beach just east of Clubhouse beach, in Flamingo, on the Florida Bay side, Friday, May 22, 2010. At each of the 98 sites they will collect samples, take photographs, and record data, for a baseline sampling. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jimi Sadle, park botanist at Everglades National Park, records data, after collecting soil samples near these black mangrove roots, Friday, May 21, 2010, in Flamingo, on the Florida Bay side. Scientists will collect baseline samples from 98 sites in the park. The samples will be sent to a lab in Texas, where the data can be checked. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A tiny fiddler crab crosses the scientists recorded notes, while they are taking baseline samples of soil and sediment, at a small beach area in Flamingo, on the Florida Bay side of Everglades National Park, Friday, May 21, 2010. They will collect from 98 sites in total their samples will be shipped to Texas for analysis. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Fabian Kahn, left, a hydrology technician, and Jimi Sadle, park botanist, collect samples, from a mangrove beach, on the Florida Bay side of Flamingo, in Everglades National Park, Friday, May 21, 2010. Today they will collect from three sites they will gather data from 98 sites in all. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Fabian Kahn's glasses reflect the mangroves just east of Clubhouse Beach, in Flamingo, on the Florida Bay side of Everglades National Park. Kahn, a hydrology technician, for NPS, and other scientists are taking baseline samples of soil and sediment, in the park, Friday, May 21, 2010. The protective gear is for the sun and bugs. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Fabian Kahn, hydrology technician, takes photographs of every site where samples were gathered, Friday, May 21, 2010, on the Florida Bay side of Flamingo, in Everglades National Park. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A Black mangrove roots grows up through a shell, in Flamingo, on the Florida Bay side of Everglades National Park, Friday, May 21, 2010. There scientists are collecting baseline samples of soil and sediment. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jimi Sadle, left, Everglades National Park Botanist, and Fabian Kahn, hydrology technician, right, make their way back to their boat, after collecting baseline samples of sand and sediment, at a small beach, on the Florida Bay side of Flamingo, in Everglades National Park, Friday, May 21, 2010. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF