We now stand at the threshold of losing the unique springs of North Florida | Gainesville.com

Posted by Michelle, June 21, 2012

When Ponce de Leon first landed in Florida 500 years ago, freshwater springs flowed from numerous locations all along the peninsula, from Pensacola and Georgia all the way to Miami Bay where Spanish galleons conveniently retrieved copious amounts of the Sacred Aqua from springs just off shore}.Ponce de Leon could not have imagined that this precious water discharge was the product of more than 25 million years of geological and hydrological processes! Over the course of numerous immersions by the ocean over 25 million years, almost a full mile of limerock had been laid down in layers upon the ancient granitic Florida bedrock.The calcium carbonate limestones formed from countless billions of shells, skeletons and other sea creatures over the eons became very porous as the natural acids found in rain water carved extensive caves and channels, forming over a long period of time what we now know as the Floridan Aquifer as well as smaller aquifers nearer to the surface of the land. Over time, rainwater seeped in through sand and stone and filled the rock caverns underground.

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