Little Salt Springs - North Port, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member rogueblack
N 27° 04.621 W 082° 13.998
17R E 377715 N 2995564
Quick Description: an archeological and paleontological treasure
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 3/23/2008 11:17:06 AM
Waymark Code: WM3EBR
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 37

Long Description:
According to Wikipedia:

    Little Salt Spring is an archaeological and paleontological site in southern Sarasota County, Florida, United States. It is located off U.S. Route 41 in the city of North Port. On July 10,1979, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

    Little Salt Spring is a feature of the karst topography of Florida, specifically an example of a sinkhole. The numerous deep vents at the bottom of the sinkhole feed oxygen-depleted ground water into it, producing an anoxic environment below a depth of about three meters. This fosters the preservation of Paleo-Indian and early Archaic artifacts and ecofacts, as well as fossil bones of the extinct megafauna once found in Florida.

    Originally it was thought that Little Salt Spring was a shallow freshwater pond, but in the 1950s SCUBA divers discovered that it was a true sinkhole extending downward over two hundred feet, similar to the cenotes of the Yucatán (another karst region).

    The site has been owned by the University of Miami since 1982 and is studied by Dr. John Gifford of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami.
Street address:
off of Price Blvd
North Port, FL USA

County / Borough / Parish: Sarasota

Year listed: 1979

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Information Potential

Periods of significance: 5000-6999 BC, 3000-4999 BC

Historic function: Domestic, Funerary; Cemetery, Village Site

Current function: Commerce/Trade

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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