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    Default Cause of the browning of Wakulla water


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    Does it mean... If rising ocean levels would have a rapid effect on springs we might have more springs popping up in upstream karst windows while trad vents will close. Although it did not happen when Ocklawaha dam was built - over a dozen springs were simply choked off and eventually clogged with debris when the swamp was created.


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    "North Florida’s Wakulla Springs, the largest and deepest freshwater spring on Earth,"

    Hmmm


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    Quote Originally Posted by lbattle View Post
    "North Florida’s Wakulla Springs, the largest and deepest freshwater spring on Earth,"

    Hmmm
    Probably not true even for Florida.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FW View Post
    Probably not true even for Florida.
    That's the university press office. They don't know much about research. You might check out the actual research article to read what the scientists actually said about the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jason View Post
    That's the university press office. They don't know much about research. You might check out the actual research article to read what the scientists actually said about the problem.
    Actually I emailed the journalist and mentioned Eagle's Nest, Weeki Wachee, Goodenough, Phantom just in this state/country were deeper, not to mention many more throughout the world. I also said that while "largest" had little meaning, Ox Bel Ha was longer. He replied that he was actually quoting the research article itself and that:

    "I’ll reach back out to the researchers about this, but for now I’ve removed that superlative language from the article."


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    Funny that there is no mention of the ever increasing population around Tallahassee or surrounding area. The munsun sink collects all of the fertilizer and industrial runoff from the entire city and funnels it directly to Wakulla. The toxicity of the water has been killing off an endemic newt species for years. The striped newt used to be one of the most abundant amphibians in Apalachicola. It's basically extinct in the area now, the last few ponds its been detected in are right near Emerald sink.

    Also the article states that the debri causes a leaching like effect on the water. Historically, Apalachicola was burned much more consistently. Wildfires maintain the long-leaf ecosystem. As humans encroach, the fires become ever more controlled and limited in scope. This mis-management has caused another salamander species (the Frosted Flatwood Salamader) to all but disappear from Apalachicola, and much of the Southeast. It relies on wildfires to burn up debri. More fires, less tea in the tea bag.

    Amphibians are great indicator species for the integrity of an aquatic ecosystem, and they have been rapidly declining the past few decades.



 

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