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La Cascadas de Colombia

For a change of pace, the Geo Ideas project has now relocated to Colombia! The geography, natural features, environmental issues, and the implications of those issues here in Colombia are all different from those concerning the springs of North Florida. … Continue reading

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Trouble in Paradise at Alexander Spring

Alexander Spring, in Ocala National Forest, is one of my favorite natural places in Florida. It forms a wide body of water that’s mostly shallow except for a valley near the spring vents, where dozens of fish school around craggy … Continue reading

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Otter Springs: A Reason to Vote for Amendment 1

We’re only a week from election day – the last day to vote for Amendment 1, the Water and Land Conservation Amendment. I encourage anyone reading to vote for this important legislation as a measure to save Florida’s springs, as … Continue reading

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Blue Meets Red at Ginnie’s Four Springs

  Devil’s Eye is well away from the river, and offers another cave, branching off from a cylindrical pit, shaped not unlike Blue Hole in my last post. A bit into the cave, there’s this friendly little sign, complete with the grim reaper, … Continue reading

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An Underwater Cathedral in Blue Hole

But this is nothing compared to the 124 cf/s that Blue Hole boasts. I could feel that flow resisting my descent as I dove down. The push of water lessened, however, the deeper I dove. I shined my light on … Continue reading

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Alone in an Underwater Wilderness at Peacock Springs

At Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park, (named after underwater photographer Wes Skiles) you can truly be alone with nature. From an obscure country highway, one turns onto a lonely road past farmland, complete with perfectly-rolled hay bales on green pasture. … Continue reading

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Creek to Cave at Madison Blue Spring

The spring’s pond is in a sinkhole about 50 yards from the Withlacoochee River, into which the spring flows with a gorgeous little rocky creek that turns into a tongue of clear water and white sand before mixing with the … Continue reading

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Tubing Through the Forest on the Ichetucknee River

Florida’s most popular spring-fed river is undoubtedly the Ichetucknee. Thousands of people arrive every summer to float on its crystal waters, through pristine lowland forest. The entirety of the traversable length of this river is within a state park, so … Continue reading

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The Green Ribbon of the Weeki Wachee

A spring’s flow does not stay put in the pond created by the headspring. If the spring is strong enough, the flow will create a river. These rivers, which can be a dozen miles or more in length before they … Continue reading

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Juniper and Fern Hammock Springs

Just down the road from Silver Glen Springs are Juniper Springs and Fern Hammock Springs. These are second magnitude springs separated by no more than a few hundred yards, but they appear worlds apart.   Juniper, below, is a very … Continue reading

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