This Is How Solution Holes Form

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Solution holes form in the Miami Limestone of the Florida Everglades when water acidifies as it steeps in ground vegetation, and then chemically reacts with the calcium carbonate contained in the bedrock. One of the plant materials most important to this acidification process is the pine needle of the Florida Slash Pine aka Dade County… Continue reading This Is How Solution Holes Form

Don Sup is Paddle Boarding For The People With A Purpose

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Don Sup is an adventure-wear company for people who change the world for the better. Their slogan is “Travel. Adventure. Do good.” Their hoodies, hats, shirts, and other products are often made from recycled materials, and when they hit the road in their family wagon, they sponsor beach cleanups and other pro-Earth activities to positively… Continue reading Don Sup is Paddle Boarding For The People With A Purpose

Daily Burns by Big Sugar in South Florida

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Everybody in Miami knows that Big Sugar runs the world, and that tons of refined white crystal exports are more important to the economy and diet of millions than even Wonder Bread. Throughout the USA, sugar mostly comes from beets. But a great statistical percentage of the rest comes from sugar cane grown, refined, processed, packed, and shipped from right… Continue reading Daily Burns by Big Sugar in South Florida

Inside The Solution Holes In The Everglades

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Solution holes are one of the most prominent yet little discussed features of the Florida landscape. From Pensacola to Key West, they pockmark the karstic bones of the very ground we stand on, helping fresh rain water flow under, through, and over the land on its way from the aquifer to the ocean. Especially during… Continue reading Inside The Solution Holes In The Everglades

Solution Holes Of The Everglades

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Most of Florida is a karstic paradise, where the limestone bedrock is exposed with little to no topsoil at the surface of the earth. One millimeter at a time, over thousands of years, beginning millions of years ago, naturally occurring acid dissolved tunnels and voids through this coral rock limestone foundation creating sink holes, solution… Continue reading Solution Holes Of The Everglades

Everglades “Hole In The Donut” Walk Through – Behind The Scenes

Walking in the algae through the "Hole In The Donut" ecological restoration area of Everglades National Park. ©Jacob Katel. all rights reserved

Here is just a small fraction of the activity behind the scenes of the making of Hidden Springs Of The Everglades as I traversed the wildly varied biological and botanical superdiversity of the “Hole In The Donut” ecological restoration area of Everglades National Park.

“Hole In The Donut” Everglades Restoration Area Update Slideshow

Approaching a solution hole in the "Hole In The Donut" ecological restoration area of Everglades National Park. ©Jacob Katel. all rights reserved

You gotta give it up to the “Hole In The Donut” ecological restoration area in Everglades National Park, it’s a great wild area to explore with a unique set of attributes that will soon disappear. And that’s actually part of the plan. For you see, this area was scraped down to the bone to get… Continue reading “Hole In The Donut” Everglades Restoration Area Update Slideshow

Where Pine Rocklands Meet the Freshwater Marl Prairie

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Welcome to Everglades National Park, where the mighty Slash Pine Rocklands meet the Freshwater Marl Prairie and you can find Swamp Cabbage, Muhly Grass, Saw Grass, Saw Palmetto, Algae, Periphyton, fresh water Springs, Fire, Solution Holes, and more to name just a few. Check out these photos and stay tuned for more on the way.… Continue reading Where Pine Rocklands Meet the Freshwater Marl Prairie

Hidden Springs Of The Everglades, New Book Explores The Karst

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Florida is one of the most densely freshwater-spring populated landmasses on the planet. But the hidden springs of Everglades National Park, where solution holes tap the aquifer, have managed to thrive in and beyond the practically impenetrable thickets of wilderness that usually ensconce their glory. Until now. Amidst historic high waters; local, state, and federal… Continue reading Hidden Springs Of The Everglades, New Book Explores The Karst