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Dry Tortugas National Park

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Dry Tortugas National
Park
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 Dry Tortugas National Park is a national park in
the USA about 68 statute miles (109 km) west
of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico. The park
preserves Fort Jefferson and the seven Dry
Tortugas islands, the westernmost and most
isolated of the Florida Keys. The archipelago's
coral reefs are the least disturbed of the Florida
Keys reefs.

 The park's centerpiece is Fort Jefferson, a massive
but unfinished coastal fortress. Fort Jefferson is the
largest masonry structure in the Western
Hemisphere, and is composed of over 16 million
bricks.

 The park is noted for abundant sea life, tropical
bird breeding grounds, colorful coral reefs and
legends of shipwrecks and sunken treasures. Dry
Tortugas is unique in its combination of a largely
undisturbed tropical ecosystem with significant
historic artifacts. The park is accessible only by
seaplane or boat and averages 60,000 visitors
each year.

 Dry Tortugas National Park has an official bird list
of 299 species. Of these, only eight species
frequently nest within the park: Sooty Tern,
Brown Noddy, Brown Pelican, Magnificent
Frigatebird, Masked Booby, Roseate Tern, Bridled
Tern, and Mourning Dove.

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