This Is How Solution Holes Form

The very beginnings of a solution hole forming in a pinnacle of coral rock limestone in the Florida Everglades – ©Jacob Katel. all rights reserved.

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 Pine. As rain water collects in the coral rock formations, over thousands of years, a millimeter at a time, solution holes form through the dissolution of the limestone.

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By Jacob Katel

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