Marvin D. Adams Waterway, A Short History

Salty sea dogs call it The Cut, and it’s been saving Key Largo boaters tons of time and gas since 1963. The Marvin D. Adams Waterway is a man-made shortcut that was excised out of Key Largo’s bedrock for a channel between the east and west coasts of the island. Like a half mile recreational… Continue reading Marvin D. Adams Waterway, A Short History

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

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. The ecological restoration here consisted of a full scrape of all… Continue reading Everglades “Hole In The Donut” Walk Through – Behind The Scenes

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, solution holes, and more. Check out these photos and stay tuned for more on the way. The biodiversity of plant communities in… Continue reading Where Pine Rocklands Meet the Freshwater Marl Prairie

Over A Mile of Key Largo Fencing Is Still Knocked Over

It’s been over a month since the last Underwaterville report on the mile of knocked over sea fence in Key Largo and the situation has actually gotten worse, with sporadic breaks and busted out sections of fence over what is now a five mile area from around mile marker 110 north. The photos shown above… Continue reading Over A Mile of Key Largo Fencing Is Still Knocked Over

The Everglades Karst and Solution Holes Expose Hidden Freshwater Springs

The Everglades include a maze of limestone tunnels that open in clusters along the major sloughs and help to transport fresh water from Lake Okeechobee to the Florida Keys. They are a prominent feature of chemical weathering between calcium carbonate in the coral rock limestone and carbonic acid in the rain water. Most of Florida… Continue reading The Everglades Karst and Solution Holes Expose Hidden Freshwater Springs

The Eastern Indigo Snake of The Florida Everglades

The Eastern Indigo Snake found in the Florida Everglades is a federally protected species. It is a non venomous, thick bodied snake up to 8 ft. long. The Eastern Indigo Snake is shiny bluish-black in coloration on its back and belly, though a portion of the belly may be red or cream colored. The coloring… Continue reading The Eastern Indigo Snake of The Florida Everglades

Smoke Plume Looms Over Lake Okeechobee

Blazing infernos in the sugarcane fields are an everyday occurrence in Palm Beach County, Florida. where U.S. Sugar farmers light these fires to decrease human labor and promote efficiency in their distribution chain. The fires effectively remove an outer layer of leaves from the cane and kill any little creatures living on the plant. Combined… Continue reading Smoke Plume Looms Over Lake Okeechobee

About A Mile of Key Largo Fence Is Knocked Over

UPDATE: As of February 2021 this has been fixed. What’s wet, and wild, and can’t be stopped? The Ocean. Just ask any piece of human construction that’s ever gotten in its way. All you’re gonna hear is a gurgle and a wet cough. There may be no element more powerful on Earth than that big… Continue reading About A Mile of Key Largo Fence Is Knocked Over