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Pictures: Alapaha and Dead River Sinks 2016-11-06
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.
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Practicing Geologist Dennis Price led us by the scenic route on
this hike, explaining the 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.
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.