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There are two 1st magnitude springs in King’s Bay – Hunter Spring and King’s Spring (Tarpon Hole).
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Hunter Spring is somewhat less impressive than many of the large springs of Florida but nevertheless, this is a giant spring. It flows upwards from a conical depression. The diameter of this depression is around 64 m, depth – 4 m. The bottom is sandy but near the vent is exposed limestone. The bottom of the spring is covered with filamentous algae – sad consequences of the pollution.
Water from the spring itself is clear and there is a boiling bulge above it. Unfortunately, the waters around it are less so – all around the Hunter Spring Run the land has been developed. Towards the north from the spring is a park, towards all other sides around the spring, have been built houses. The spring basin is enclosed within concrete walls except for the outflow. Spring run has been channelized to facilitate the movement of boats. Sometimes the spring is closed for swimming due to the pollution coming from the coast.
There are two more fairly powerful springs at the head of this side creek – House Spring and Jurassic Spring.
- Springs of Florida. Florida Geological Survey, Bulletin No.66. Last accessed on 4th May 2019.
- King’s Bay/Crystal River Springs Restoration Plan, prepared by The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute, February 2016. Last accessed on 4th May 2019.
Wonders of Florida
Florida is the tropical paradise of the mainland United States. Over the last century, it has experienced fabulous changes, turning from a forgotten, swampy badland into a densely populated and rich land. Highlights of Florida include the architecture of the late 19th and 20th centuries as well as its giant springs and caves.
Wonders of the United States
The United States of America is one of the largest countries in the world and offers a wide array of diverse attractions: many are unsurpassed in the world. Highlights of the United States are cliffs, canyons, and rock formations, several impressive downtowns of cities with numerous skyscrapers as well as a rich array of geothermal features, and the giant forest of California.
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.
Florida’s Waters (Florida’s Natural Ecosystems and Native Species)
Taken from the earlier book Priceless Florida (and modified for a stand-alone book), this volume discusses the fresh- and saltwater systems of Florida, including lakes and ponds; rivers and streams; springs; aquatic caves; estuarine waters and seafloors; submarine meadows, sponge, rock, and reef communities; and the Gulf and the Atlantic Ocean. Introduces readers to the trees and plants, insects, mammals, reptiles, and other species that live in Florida’s unique water ecosystems, including a chicken turtle, barking treefrogs, osprey, herons, bass, crayfish, conchs, cordgrass, and railroad vine.
FLORIDA SPRINGS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: Your Guide to the Best of Florida’s Springs, Parks and Recreations
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.