Pictures: Alapaha and Dead River Sinks 2016-11-06

the Alapaha River sink, 30.5855189, -83.0528064 A very scenic hike to some of the most unusual geological features in all of Florida: the Alapaha River Sink and the Dead River Sink. We walked over beds of 50-million-year-old fossilized oysters, above all our drinking water in the Floridan Aquifer. See many pictures and a few videos of the sights, and a google map of the sites.

Practicing Geologist Dennis Price led us by the scenic route on this hike, explaining te karst geology on display, which underlies all of north Florida and south Georgia, containing our drinking water in the Floridan Aquifer. Dennis and hike organizer Chris Mericle recommend making this very unusual area a state park.

The Alapaha River goes underground here unless it has a lot of water, which usually this time of year and right now it does not.

Dont fall into the Devils Den,

Until recently nobody knew for sure where it comes back up, but this summer Suwannee River Water Management District turned the Dead River flourescent green in a dye test, and the dye came back up a few days later in the Alapaha Rise and in Holton Creek Spring, both on the Suwannee River a bit upstream from the Alapaha Confluence.

The Alapaha River Sink is prominently pictured on the WWALS brochure for the Alapaha River Water Trail.

WWALS banner at Alapaha Sink,

The better picture of the WWALS banner at the Alapaha Sink (above) and of the Dead River Sink itself (below) are by Gretchen Quarterman from her facebook album.

Dead River Sink,

Videos

You can hear Dennis Price explain it all, and the thunder of the Alapaha River Sink, in these videos.

More pictures below by John S. Quarterman. Click on any small picture to get a bigger picture. And there’s a google map of the locations pictured.

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Pictures

These pictures are by John S. Quarterman for WWALS Watershed Coalition, except the several marked as by Gretchen Quarterman. Creative Commons attribution license.

Jennings Bluff Tract 30.5671901, -83.0389019
Jennings Bluff Tract 30.5671901, -83.0389019

Jennings Bluff Landing 30.5798842, -83.0392405
Jennings Bluff Landing 30.5798842, -83.0392405

Preparing 30.5798842, -83.0392405
Preparing 30.5798842, -83.0392405

Dennis Price P.G. explaining what we will see 30.5798969, -83.0393708
Dennis Price P.G. explaining what we will see 30.5798969, -83.0393708

Green Alapaha River; nitrogen? 30.5821472, -83.0417484
Green Alapaha River; nitrogen? 30.5821472, -83.0417484

Green and dry Alapaha River, 30.5833633, -83.0435942
Green and dry Alapaha River, 30.5833633, -83.0435942

Gretchen starts down 30.5845793, -83.0468497
Gretchen starts down 30.5845793, -83.0468497

Down to the wash bed 30.5845793, -83.0468497
Down to the wash bed 30.5845793, -83.0468497

Marching along 30.5845793, -83.0468497
Marching along 30.5845793, -83.0468497

Downwards 103538 30.5848819, -83.0468896
Downwards 103538 30.5848819, -83.0468896

Climb back up 30.5848264, -83.0466962
Climb back up 30.5848264, -83.0466962

Gretchen catching up, 30.5848264, -83.0466962
Gretchen catching up, 30.5848264, -83.0466962

Nice palmettos, 30.5847849, -83.0463605
Nice palmettos, 30.5847849, -83.0463605

People down at the river, 30.5851047, -83.0464668
People down at the river, 30.5851047, -83.0464668

Gretchen and Chris inspecting a pine tree, 30.5852269, -83.0464122
Gretchen and Chris inspecting a pine tree, 30.5852269, -83.0464122

About to the riverbed, 30.5854194, -83.0464834
About to the riverbed, 30.5854194, -83.0464834

Nice stump, 30.5853902, -83.0465057
Nice stump, 30.5853902, -83.0465057

Cut side, 30.5854008, -83.0465111
Cut side, 30.5854008, -83.0465111

Sand side, 30.5854008, -83.0465111
Sand side, 30.5854008, -83.0465111

 30.5852778, -83.0463889
Panorama of both sides, 30.5852778, -83.0463889

Movie: 20161106 104457 (686M)
Movie: 20161106 104457 (686M)

Gretchen pictures Dennis explaining, 30.5854580, -83.0465317
Gretchen pictures Dennis explaining, 30.5854580, -83.0465317

Attentive crowd, 30.5854578, -83.0465299
Attentive crowd, 30.5854578, -83.0465299

Except for the dog, 30.5854588, -83.0465317
Except for the dog, 30.5854588, -83.0465317

Asters, 30.5847931, -83.0485753
Asters, 30.5847931, -83.0485753

On up the river, 105821 30.5847664, -83.0486311
On up the river, 105821 30.5847664, -83.0486311

Some following behind, 30.5840571, -83.0489746
Some following behind, 30.5840571, -83.0489746

Many tracks, 30.5840571, -83.0489746
Many tracks, 30.5840571, -83.0489746

Turkey tracks, 30.5840571, -83.0489746
Turkey tracks, 30.5840571, -83.0489746

Fish bed with turkey tracks, 30.5840565, -83.0500666
Fish bed with turkey tracks, 30.5840565, -83.0500666

Crowd at the Dead River confluence, 30.5840348, -83.0501771
Crowd at the Dead River confluence, 30.5840348, -83.0501771

Dead River confluence, 30.5840777, -83.0503014
Dead River confluence, 30.5840777, -83.0503014

Lori listening to Dennis at the oyster beds, 30.5840251, -83.0505336
Lori listening to Dennis at the oyster beds, 30.5840251, -83.0505336

Bret, Deanna, Chris, Dennis, oyster beds, 30.5840251, -83.0505336
Bret, Deanna, Chris, Dennis, oyster beds, 30.5840251, -83.0505336

50-million-year-old oysters, 30.5839481, -83.0513220
50-million-year-old oysters, 30.5839481, -83.0513220

Oysters closeup, 30.5840574, -83.0515484
Oysters closeup, 30.5840574, -83.0515484

Camera rainbow, 30.5840476, -83.0514830
Camera rainbow, 30.5840476, -83.0514830

Can Denizman, the Potters, and others arrive, 30.5841534, -83.0513453
Can Denizman, the Potters, and others arrive, 30.5841534, -83.0513453

More fossilized oysters, 30.5841006, -83.0513325
More fossilized oysters, 30.5841006, -83.0513325

Movie: 20161106 110719 (31M)
Movie: 20161106 110719 (31M)

Tree reflections, 30.5841421, -83.0514413
Tree reflections, 30.5841421, -83.0514413

Black rocks, 30.5841421, -83.0514413
Black rocks, 30.5841421, -83.0514413

Black pebbles, 30.5841385, -83.0514438
Black pebbles, 30.5841385, -83.0514438

Two geologists conferring (Dennis and Can), 30.5841235, -83.0515053
Two geologists conferring (Dennis and Can), 30.5841235, -83.0515053

On up the Alapaha, 30.5841235, -83.0515053
On up the Alapaha, 30.5841235, -83.0515053

Some water in the river, 30.5841235, -83.0515053
Some water in the river, 30.5841235, -83.0515053

People crossing deadfall, 30.5841667, -83.0519444
People crossing deadfall, 30.5841667, -83.0519444

Loud roaring sound, 30.5855110, -83.0523775
Loud roaring sound, 30.5855110, -83.0523775

Movie: 20161106 111446 (6.4M)
Movie: 20161106 111446 (6.4M)

Alapaha River Sink, 30.5855351, -83.0527751
Alapaha River Sink, 30.5855351, -83.0527751

Movie: 20161106 111523 (15M)
Movie: 20161106 111523 (15M)

Movie: Alapaha River (2.0M), 30.5855934, -83.0528291
Movie: Alapaha River (2.0M), 30.5855934, -83.0528291

flowing into, 30.5855934, -83.0528291
flowing into, 30.5855934, -83.0528291

the Alapaha River sink, 30.5855189, -83.0528064
the Alapaha River sink, 30.5855189, -83.0528064

Movie: 20161106 111608 (9.8M)
Movie: 20161106 111608 (9.8M)

Movie: 20161106 111707 (25M)
Movie: 20161106 111707 (25M)

Movie: 20161106 111731 (47M)
Movie: 20161106 111731 (47M)

Dont fall into the Devils Den, 30.5855189, -83.0528064
Dont fall into the Devils Den, 30.5855189, -83.0528064

Johnny and Phil, brave to bring that camera, 30.5855189, -83.0528064
Johnny and Phil, brave to bring that camera, 30.5855189, -83.0528064

WWALS banner, 30.5852778, -83.0527778
WWALS banner, 30.5852778, -83.0527778

More below, 30.5855556, -83.0527778
More below, 30.5855556, -83.0527778

WWALS banner at Alapaha Sink, 30.5855351, -83.0527000
WWALS banner at Alapaha Sink, 30.5855351, -83.0527000

Zoom WWALS banner, 30.5855351, -83.0527000
Zoom WWALS banner, 30.5855351, -83.0527000

Dennis explaining aquifers, 30.5855545, -83.0529399
Dennis explaining aquifers, 30.5855545, -83.0529399

The Devils Den, 30.5855545, -83.0529399
The Devils Den, 30.5855545, -83.0529399

Bret, Alapaha Sink, 20161106 112627 (33M)
Bret, Alapaha Sink, 20161106 112627 (33M)

Phil, Alapaha Sink, 30.5855009, -83.0528016
Phil, Alapaha Sink, 30.5855009, -83.0528016

Johnny, Alapaha Sink, 30.5855405, -83.0528102
Johnny, Alapaha Sink, 30.5855405, -83.0528102

Back down to the Dead River, 30.5844745, -83.0519098
Back down to the Dead River, 30.5844745, -83.0519098

More following along, 30.5844444, -83.0516667
More following along, 30.5844444, -83.0516667

Lunch break at the Dead River, 30.5839646, -83.0511557
Lunch break at the Dead River, 30.5839646, -83.0511557

28 and at least one already left, 30.5839294, -83.0512648
28 and at least one already left, 30.5839294, -83.0512648

Beatriz sees Deanna already up the Dead River, 30.5839583, -83.0512969
Beatriz sees Deanna already up the Dead River, 30.5839583, -83.0512969

Stereo geologists, 30.5839546, -83.0513326
Stereo geologists, 30.5839546, -83.0513326

Dennis and a rapt lunch crowd, 30.5839493, -83.0513395
Dennis and a rapt lunch crowd, 30.5839493, -83.0513395

Chris agreeing it should be a state park, 30.5838763, -83.0512796
Chris agreeing it should be a state park, 30.5838763, -83.0512796

Are you ready to hike? 30.5839497, -83.0513190
Are you ready to hike? 30.5839497, -83.0513190

Over the oyster beds up the Dead River, 30.5839645, -83.0515484
Over the oyster beds up the Dead River, 30.5839645, -83.0515484

Beatriz seems dubious, 30.5839237, -83.0522376
Beatriz seems dubious, 30.5839237, -83.0522376

Over deadfalls, 30.5840228, -83.0524169
Over deadfalls, 30.5840228, -83.0524169

Tom goes one way, Can another, 30.5840228, -83.0524169
Tom goes one way, Can another, 30.5840228, -83.0524169

Something in the water, 30.5839044, -83.0529146
Something in the water, 30.5839044, -83.0529146

Down, 30.5839044, -83.0529146
Down, 30.5839044, -83.0529146

Up, 30.5838803, -83.0529242
Up, 30.5838803, -83.0529242

Sideways, 30.5838803, -83.0529242
Sideways, 30.5838803, -83.0529242

Another sink, 30.5838557, -83.0530662
Another sink, 30.5838557, -83.0530662

Dry now, 30.5838389, -83.0530616
Dry now, 30.5838389, -83.0530616

More sink viewers climbing, 30.5838348, -83.0530641
More sink viewers climbing, 30.5838348, -83.0530641

Fossil tracks? 30.5838341, -83.0530645
Fossil tracks? 30.5838341, -83.0530645

Up the Dead River, 30.5838309, -83.0530673
Up the Dead River, 30.5838309, -83.0530673

Can and the black rocks, 30.5838363, -83.0530678
Can and the black rocks, 30.5838363, -83.0530678

Some go up, some go under, 30.5838363, -83.0530678
Some go up, some go under, 30.5838363, -83.0530678

Under also required up, 30.5838308, -83.0530742
Under also required up, 30.5838308, -83.0530742

Somebody up there, 30.5840196, -83.0544586
Somebody up there, 30.5840196, -83.0544586

Another up there, 30.5840103, -83.0544550
Another up there, 30.5840103, -83.0544550

Wide with willows, 30.5840287, -83.0544565
Wide with willows, 30.5840287, -83.0544565

Dennis, stick, narrows, 30.5834414, -83.0543713
Dennis, stick, narrows, 30.5834414, -83.0543713

Water springing up, 30.5826263, -83.0521584
Water springing up, 30.5826263, -83.0521584

Tannic tea-colored water, 30.5826263, -83.0521584
Tannic tea-colored water, 30.5826263, -83.0521584

Quite a stream, 30.5826263, -83.0521584
Quite a stream, 30.5826263, -83.0521584

Movie: Flowing water (25M), 30.5826263, -83.0521584
Movie: Flowing water (25M), 30.5826263, -83.0521584

Almost there, 30.5823121, -83.0518127
Almost there, 30.5823121, -83.0518127

Down from the easy entrance, 30.5823101, -83.0518601
Down from the easy entrance, 30.5823101, -83.0518601

Here we are, 30.5818388, -83.0517782
Here we are, 30.5818388, -83.0517782

Dennis up above, 30.5818388, -83.0517782
Dennis up above, 30.5818388, -83.0517782

Chris climb, Gretchen scratch, 30.5818388, -83.0517782
Chris climb, Gretchen scratch, 30.5818388, -83.0517782

More above, 30.5818388, -83.0517782
More above, 30.5818388, -83.0517782

Tom Potter surrounded, 30.5837645, -83.0544796
Tom Potter surrounded, 30.5837645, -83.0544796

Dennis came around the sink, 30.5815381, -83.0515448
Dennis came around the sink, 30.5815381, -83.0515448

Dead River Sink, 30.5818300, -83.0517790
Dead River Sink, 30.5818300, -83.0517790

Dead River Sink with trash, 30.5818310, -83.0517800
Dead River Sink with trash, 30.5818310, -83.0517800

Google Map

Follow this link to the google map, and it’s also embedded below.

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