Frequently Falmouth Spring is called “the shortest river in the world”. This is not a true spring, but a collapsed, 137 m long cave section – karst window.
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Sometimes Falmouth Spring is called the shortest river in the world by the local tourist industry. This, to some extent, characterizes this unusual natural landmark. Falmouth Spring is a karst window – a collapsed section of a cave, with a cave river in it.
This visible river section is 137 m long. It is a picturesque area surrounded by Florida swamp forest (image does not do favor to it – it is taken at low water), this place is like a a small, charming wonder in pristine nature. Limestone ledges surround the small lake-river-spring.
Water continuously comes up in one side and disappears underground in the other end. In the middle part at higher water is shallower part that is lined with white sand.
Spring pool is some 27 by 25 m large. Depth of the spring vent is around 12 m – this is a conical funnel that is covered with sand, some limestone is seen (2.).
In the other end is siphon. From the surface it may seem calm. Nevertheless, this is a dangerous place for divers who might get sucked into it with little chance to get out. This is one of entrances into an underwater cave – the enormous Cathedral-Falmouth system. This giant underwater cave is 18 893.7 m long and up to 130.8 m deep.
Unfortunately, similar to many other springs in Florida, Falmouth Spring is rather polluted with nitrates from the agricultural runoff and, as a result, lots of algae grow in it.
Powerful natural freshwater springs belong to the most fascinating monuments of nature. Even more exciting is the diversity of unusual springs – mineral springs, hot springs, submarine springs as well as the unusual black smokers. Especially beautiful are such natural rarities as travertine, silica, or salt terraces created by warm and hot springs and, especially, geysers.
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The author started gathering information for this unique guidebook of Florida Springs over 40 years ago. In 1973 Robert F. Burgess began diving and photographing the underwater caves associated with Florida’s labyrinthine freshwater springs long before scuba divers had such things as depth gauges, personal flotation devices, or cave divers training programs. He attributes his survival in what has been called “the world’s most dangerous sport” to the fact that he always stayed within sight of the way out of these underwater sites.