“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, 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

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

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

Top 10 Alligator Winter Facts

10. Alligators stop feeding when the ambient temperature is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. 9. Alligators go dormant, their metabolism slows down and they spend most of their time being still when the ambient temperature drops below around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. 8. When alligators go dormant, they often create “gator holes,” or mud tunnels that may… Continue reading Top 10 Alligator Winter Facts

Top 10 Amazing Alligator Facts

10. American Alligators live about fifty years in the wild. 9. American Alligators are usually dormant for most of the winter. They stop feeding when the temperature goes below 70˙ Fahrenheit. 8. Unlike most other reptiles, American Alligators have a four chambered heart. 7. After they grow to four feet nothing much kills an alligator,… Continue reading Top 10 Amazing Alligator Facts

Top 10 Little Blue Heron Amazing Facts

10. Little Blue Heron eat small fish, insects, crabs, dragonflies, and grasshoppers. 9. Little Blue Heron live and hunt around fresh water, salt water, and brackish (mixed) water. 8. Little Blue Heron sometimes fight and even kill their own younger siblings for food and shelter. 7. Little Blue Heron catch fish and other prey using… Continue reading Top 10 Little Blue Heron Amazing Facts

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

Everglades CERP Will Pump Over 220 Billion Gallons Of Water Into Everglades National Park

If the intricacies of South Florida’s water management systems are a mystery to you, don’t worry, Underwaterville has got your back. Step one, try and imagine what 220 billion gallons of water look like flowing into a national park. Step two, realize that it’s already started to happen. Step three, see how it all came… Continue reading Everglades CERP Will Pump Over 220 Billion Gallons Of Water Into Everglades National Park

Old Tamiami Trail Removal Project 2020

The Everglades are a federal park, but it’s private contractors who are getting the money to engineer its revitalization, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Just take a look at the signage to the left side of the entrance to Shark Valley and Everglades National Park. It reads: “Old Tamiami Trail Removal. Miami-Dade County.… Continue reading Old Tamiami Trail Removal Project 2020