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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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Silver Glen Springs

The first stop on my springs roadtrip was to Silver Glen Springs, a first magnitude spring located in Ocala National Forest. The Forest is well known for its density of springs, others of which I will visit later on in this journey. … Continue reading

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Algal Growth: Sometimes Pretty, Usually Harmful

Blue Springs (of which there are many – this one is the private park near High Springs, FL, as seen in the map below) is a gorgeous second-magnitude spring, one of many in its area that feed into the Santa … Continue reading

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Florida Springs: Natural Beauty Worth Preserving

There’s nothing quite like Florida’s springs. Bubbling up from the porous limestone bedrock that holds the vast Florida aquifer, these unique natural gems provide recreation opportunities, drinking water, a habitat for endangered species, an archaeological goldmine, and an unparalleled source … Continue reading

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Cancun Underwater Museum – an Artificial Reef

  “Underwater Statues” by Blake-Harvey is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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Mapping Terroir along the Mosel River

Centuries of tradition have made many European winemakers very proud of their “terroir” – that is, the specific geographic and geologic conditions unique to each vineyard that give grapes a characteristic flavor when made into wine. One region with a … Continue reading

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Gerrymandering in the US, State by State

With 2012 being an election year after a census, congressional redistricting is a frequent news item. As in this article, gerrymandering is frequently cited as a major problem associated with redistricting. State legislators are often in charge of submitting new … Continue reading

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22 Years of Human-Induced Land Cover Change

Check out this handy map tool that lets you move a slider to compare various places across the earth’s surface between the present and 22 years ago. The false color from the 1990 Landsat satellite gives it an unexpected contrast with today’s true color, but you can still see the stark difference in some places that farming expansion, overuse of water, and climate change can make.

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Using GIS to Reveal Downtown Gainesville’s “Niche Market”

by Blake Harvey There was an article in the Gainesville Sun recently about vacant restaurant and retail locations throughout the city. Mike Ryals, a realtor with Bosshardt Realty Services, has been showing some of these properties and claims that while some vacant restaurant locations … Continue reading

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