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What is an aquifer?

An aquifer is an underground layer of permeable rock, gravel and sand from which water can be extracted using a well. We are extraordinarily lucky to live in Florida, where we have access to a huge aquifer that not only supplies much of our state's drinking water, but also feeds the beautiful springs all around North Central Florida.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), The Floridian Aquifer is one of the most productive in the world. Its area is about 100,000 square miles and it supplies water to many people. It is the largest, oldest and deepest aquifer in the southeastern United States. It formed from carbonate rock millions of years ago, when the state was still under water.

The next time you get water from your tap, you can thank the ancient aquifer that provides us with a continuous source of fresh water.

Sources and Additional Information:

The USGS Water Science School
National Geographic Education

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Erica Bales