?Have you ever heard of Tussocks, Sudds, Floatons or Floating Islands? Well, if you
haven't, it is a large roaming mass of muck, peat, and aquatic plants. Nutrient debris
and plant roots are also in the structure of these islands. These islands can be just a
few square feet in size or a several hundred acres in size. These naturally occurring
islands can be found everyplace. They are more normally found in lakes and marshes.
Tussocks primarily are made from cattails, bulrush, sedge, and reeds extending from a
shoreline of some sort of wetland area. Overhanging vegetation will build up around
the shoreline. This sometimes happens because the water level might be low in the
root area so the tip of the floras tries to reach the water by hanging and soon afterward,
separating. Marine organisms flourish under the floating mats. Eventually harsh
weather or storms cause the overhanging section to separate from the shoreline. The
mass begins to migrate and finally clings onto another landform. Strong winds may
aid in the migration, but harsh weather can destroy and mix the tussock with the water.
Trees up to 50 feet tall and 8-12 inches in diameter have been known to grow on
Tussocks have been a symbolisation of the maturing procedure of water bodies.
People say that Tussocks are a part of Florida's shallow lakes. Over the years their
numbers have been altered greatly by droughts, fires and floods. Generally floods
carry most of the Floating islands. Downstream marshes and uplands are places the
floods have moved many Tussocks.
Today, water levels are held by man made structure's such as wires, levees and dams.
This regulating stops Tussocks from molding because of the flux in water levels.
These days, people under appreciate Tussocks. The island not only carry itself but
many times creatures too. Many times reptilians and amphibians hitch a ride on a
Tussock. Personally the arrival of an alligator at my front door would not be a
welcomed creature. The Tussocks don't always bring unwelcome animals, oftentimes
they are bearers of good plants and herbs.
Drifting islands could also cause another large problem. Drifting islands can block
significant|critical] transportation ports. This can cause many problems for business
people who works near areas of water. It is not uncommon for ships to be blocked or
damaged by Tussocks. It might also block the paths of irrigation systems.
Governments have spent millions trying to prevent floating island from interrupting
the everyday flow of transportation traffic. Herbicides are used to check these
structures. Some Tussocks have been controlled through pricey methods like shedding
and the use of a flatboat mounted track hoe.
About the Author:
Dave McNabb founded a full service aquatic maintenance company located in
Lafayette, California in 1996. Dave started his aquatic career in 1980 with Aquatics
Unlimited located in Martinez, California. In 1984 Dave became the very first
Aquamog operator and has run the machines for the past 25 years.