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Old 09-29-2017, 11:15 PM
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Location: Miami
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I think Texas, California, Florida, and Hawaii are the most biodiverse states. They also have a variety of geography, with tropics, beaches, deserts, canyons, forests, and prairie.
Other sources say it's California, Hawaii, Texas, and Alabama.
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Old 09-30-2017, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Ok I'm not being scientific but as a casual observer, I found NC and VA and MD to be very pleasantly diverse - four distinct and fairly evenly spaced seasons, coast lines, plateaus and farmland, and mountains and not too far a drive from one type of terrain to the other.
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Old 09-30-2017, 06:48 PM
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Location: Ontario
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Other sources say it's California, Hawaii, Texas, and Alabama.
California is tops.

Suprisingly New Mexico is up there too.
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Old 10-02-2017, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Suprisingly New Mexico is up there too.
Not for plant diversity it does not. There's more diversity in 1 acre in Alabama than there is in the entire state of NM.

Plant diversity =/= climate diversity. But an area with a lot of plants and no climate diversity can start to look all the same... a big forest
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Old 10-02-2017, 11:24 PM
 
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I remembered to Google this finally. Anyway, I was wrong, it is California, Texas, large gap, Arizona, New Mexico, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Oregon, and North Carolina. Hawaii surprisingly, for me, ranks last despite its tropical climate, behind Alaska, Delaware, Rhode Island, and basically the single municipality of DC.

https://www.thoughtco.com/top-states...ersity-1203613

Also, New Mexico seems to have Alabama beat when it comes to plant diversity.
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Old 10-03-2017, 03:57 AM
 
Location: South Padre Island, TX
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I remembered to Google this finally. Anyway, I was wrong, it is California, Texas, large gap, Arizona, New Mexico, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Oregon, and North Carolina. Hawaii surprisingly, for me, ranks last despite its tropical climate, behind Alaska, Delaware, Rhode Island, and basically the single municipality of DC.
Not really a surprise, as it's an isolated archipelago, reached only by few species. It won't score the highest on biodiversity, but it certainly will rank high on endemism.
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Old 10-04-2017, 03:59 PM
 
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I remembered to Google this finally. Anyway, I was wrong, it is California, Texas, large gap, Arizona, New Mexico, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Oregon, and North Carolina. Hawaii surprisingly, for me, ranks last despite its tropical climate, behind Alaska, Delaware, Rhode Island, and basically the single municipality of DC.

https://www.thoughtco.com/top-states...ersity-1203613

Also, New Mexico seems to have Alabama beat when it comes to plant diversity.
Alabama is still impressive though given its location and relative size. Thats one of the few states that actually impressed me when I visited it.

California and Texas are massive, so that's a no brainer.
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Old 10-04-2017, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Alabama/south east has the most diverse biomes meaning that a single parcel of forest will have many species, where as California has the most amount of biomes but not necessarily the most diverse ones, so when counting all the species by state, California will have the most because of all the unique biomes that it contains. Alabama is very impressive given that it has so few biomes.
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Old 10-04-2017, 05:37 PM
 
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Alabama does well due to geologic diversity afforded to it by variations that come from being along the Appalachian mountain corridor. Although that would also suggest that Georgia and the Carolinas are states of high biodiversity as well.

Then again, the factor of discovery must be taken into account; scientists make new discoveries every day, so many of these states have biodiversity that is yet to be found (especially in the Southern US, where geography makes the area look unpromising at first glance). After all, it took all the way until just last year just to class the North American Coastal Plain as a biodiversity hotspot.
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Old 10-09-2017, 10:37 AM
 
Location: MD's Eastern Shore
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I would think the large states, such as Alaska, California, Texas, Colorado, Montana, North Carolina, etc.. would be obvious examples of being diverse but don't forget the smaller ones as well, if you are looking at staying in one particular state. Personally, I think of regions and distance so it really shouldn't matter if needing to cross state lines.

From my own corner of the world, right on the mid-Atlantic coast in the heart of Delmarva, I am 4 hours away from all sorts of different types of zones and nature. Near me is all bays and salt marsh with cypress swamps and farm land thrown in the mix. I'm 20 minutes from an undeveloped national seashore with wild pony's. 1 hour from blackwater, a large wildlife refuge right on the Atlantic flyway with all sorts of hawks and nesting bald eagles. We even have a few of the goldens which visit every year. About an hour away are the Va barrier islands and most of the Chesapeake.

Then the diversity really starts as I'm 4 hours to NC's outer banks, West VA's Appalachians, VA's skyline drive along the blue ridge and Western MD's Deep creek lake. Not to mention the Amish in PA as well the rest of southern PA.

4 hours covers hardly any snow and moderate winters on the coast to several thousand feet in elevation with snowy and cold winters.

I'd say overall it is a very bio diverse area with all sorts of outdoor activities for everyone. But,I do bring a few other states into the mix to even compare with one larger state, but 4 hours driving (about max IMO for a day trip) is 4 hours driving.
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