Solution Holes Of The Everglades

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Most of Florida is a karstic paradise, where the limestone bedrock is exposed at the surface of the earth and hydrodynamics push billions of gallons of rainwater over and through clusters of solution holes along inland water transfer routes formed one millimeter at a time, over thousands of years, beginning millions of years ago when… Continue reading Solution Holes Of The Everglades

“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

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

Big Cypress Drilling is Nothing New, Racoon Point Field Has Produced Oil Since 1978

Most people don’t know what lies north of the Tamiami Trail on 11 Mile Road, active gas and oil production operations that have been pumping barrels since 1978. With all this talk of new drilling operations on the way, and more applications in the works, just keep in mind it’s not a new phenomenon. It… Continue reading Big Cypress Drilling is Nothing New, Racoon Point Field Has Produced Oil Since 1978

The Everglades Karst and Solution Holes Expose Hidden Freshwater Springs

The Everglades contain an underground maze of tunnels through the limestone with clusters opening along the major sloughs that help transport fresh water from Lake Okeechobee through to the Florida Keys. The natural Florida landscape is full of sinkholes, caves, and solution holes where the underground waters of the Floridan and Biscayne Aquifers issue forth… Continue reading The Everglades Karst and Solution Holes Expose Hidden Freshwater Springs

Sugarcane Fields and Factory Smoke in Belle Glade, Florida

Tons of pure white crystal are loaded up and sent across America from this Palm Beach County region on the daily; but can you name the substance they’re producing? Here’s a clue: Coffee and donuts just isn’t the same without it. We’re talking about refined white cane sugar of course, and in Belle Glade, South… Continue reading Sugarcane Fields and Factory Smoke in Belle Glade, Florida

You Can Monitor Live Everglades Water Sensor Data Thanks to USGS

It’s not a boondoggle, but the U.S. Government is full of agencies we don’t really understand who do things nobody ever told us about, so if you asked me yesterday, “What is the USGS?” I would’ve said, “I don’t really know.” But after running into one of their solar powered, radio communicating, live sensor data… Continue reading You Can Monitor Live Everglades Water Sensor Data Thanks to USGS

Water Flowing Under Tamiami Trail Bridges

Water flowing through Shark River Slough undr Tamiami Trail on December 9, 2020 - ©Underwaterville.com

It took thousand of workers and millions of dollars to complete the Tamiami Trail, approximately three hundred miles of highway cutting straight through the peat, muck, and grassy waters of the historic Everglades from Miami to Tampa. From 1928 to 2020 this roadway effectively delineated the engineered water flow that helped create the infrastructure for… Continue reading Water Flowing Under Tamiami Trail Bridges