Watery Miami

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I went walking barefoot through the karst environment of Everglades National Park before settling on a ten dollar pair of water shoes to traverse the Everglades. Totally worth it purchase. You gotta check it out.

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A Solution Hole in The Everglades — ©Jacob Katel. All Rights Reserved.

In Everglades National Park, there are 6,300 acres of karst separating the Shark River Slough and the Taylor Slough, forming what is known as the Hole In The Donut area.

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©Jacob Katel. All Rights Reserved.

In the Karst environment, the natural limestone is slowly dissolved by rainwater that becomes acidic as it’s steeped in both living and decaying plant matter, algae, microbes, fungi, bacteria, and various microorganisms. This is how solution holes form.

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Solution Holes are a regular feature of the Karstic environment, where water acidifies while steeping in vegetation creating chemical reactions in the limestone that dissolve the rock and create holes that can penetrate the underground aquifer. Here is an example.

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