The Scary Side of Water

Danger Down Below

Remember that an aquifer is an underground layer of spongelike rock that holds water. Since the water lies hidden underground, most people can only imagine what an aquifer looks like. Here in Florida, highly-trained experts can visit an aquifer!

Of course, it’s not that simple. Cave diving requires expensive equipment, plenty of knowledge and special skills. Even then it is very dangerous.

Windows into the Aquifer


Want a glimpse into the aquifer without the dangers of cave diving? Just take a visit to one of Florida’s amazing springs! A spring occurs when groundwater that is under pressure flows through natural cracks in the aquifer and creates a natural opening in the ground. The pressure causes the water to flow from the aquifer to the earth’s surface. These openings are called spring vents and offer a window into the aquifer. The image on the right is one of the spring vents at Chassahowitzka Springs, located in Citrus County!  

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