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Five Things To Know About Cape Coral
Dated: November 16 2016
You can observe Cape Coral from any number of historical, political and philosophical perspectives, but let us begin from the ground up. Geologically speaking…
1. Cape Coral is not a cape. According to National Geographic, “a cape is a high point of land that extends into a river, lake, or ocean,” and is smaller and narrower than a peninsula. At approximately 12 miles wide by 17 miles long, the Cape is almost as wide as it is long, so it’s not exactly a narrow finger of land. This land mass is shaped like the head of a dog in profile, no more separate from its body than a real dog’s head would be. It seems safe to assume, then, that we call this portion of the mainland a cape because the developers marketed it as such.
2. Cape Coral has no coral. As a part of the Florida peninsula, its foundation is limestone, covered by thin sheets of quartz sand deposited over millions of years by rising and falling sea levels.
3. Beneath the limestone of Cape Coral is African bedrock because a couple of hundred million years ago, the continents of North America and Africa were one.
4. Earthquakes are rare in Florida, but in 2006, a 6.0 quake in the Gulf of Mexico reportedly caused some of the tallest buildings in Cape Coral to sway a bit.
5. There is one true “coral” in Cape Coral; it’s the native coral bean flower. At its height of color in winter and spring, it is sweet to hummingbirds and butterflies, but the leaves and seeds are toxic to humans.