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 A National Park that's Underwater?!?   Biscayne National Park   is   located in southern  Florida , south of  Miami . The park preserves  Biscayne Bay  and its offshore barrier reefs. Ninety-five percent of the park is water, and the shore of the bay is the location of an extensive  mangrove  forest. The park covers 172,971 acres (69,999 ha) and includes  Elliott Key , the park's largest island and first of the true  Florida Keys , formed from fossilized  coral  reef. The islands farther north in the park are transitional islands of coral and sand. The offshore portion of the park includes the northernmost region of the  Florida Reef , one of the largest coral reefs in the world.
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