Divers find unseen world harboring strange ecology in NATURE’s Springs Eternal: Florida’s Fountain of Youth.
According to legend, Spanish explorers believed that a fountain of eternal youth bubbled up to the surface somewhere in the place we know today as Florida. In a poetic way, they were right.
Beneath Florida lie hundreds of miles of underwater channels and caves that comprise the world’s largest known system of springs. Largely unchanged since the age of dinosaurs, these springs shelter strange life forms, support improbable ecologies, and dot the land above it with outlets of water that once — before the expansion of Florida’s human population — was as pure as any found on this planet.
With its abundance of alligators, sunfish, eagles, great blue herons, and of course, the gentle and endangered manatee — to name only a few of the state’s better-know fascinating creatures — Florida is a wondrous ecological laboratory, even on its surface. Below the surface, however, is where the real surprises lie.
Follow divers into dangerous and unchartered channels never before seen in NATURE’s Springs Eternal: Florida’s Fountain of Youth.
To order a copy of Springs Eternal: Florida’s Fountain of Youth, please visit the NATURE Shop.
Online content for Springs Eternal: Florida’s Fountain of Youth was originally posted May 2000.
Production Credits Print
Assistant Cameraman/Sound Recordist
Post Production Manager
FLORIDA CAVERNS STATE PARK
FLORIDA STATE PARK SERVICE
HOMOSASSA STATE PARK
HYDRO GEO ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH
NEPTUNE DIVERS - TAMPA
SCOTT & MICHELLE PULLIAM
OCALA NATIONAL FOREST
OKEFENOKEE SWAMP PARK
MARK & SUSAN ROBERTSON
ST. AUGUSTINE ALLIGATOR FARM
ALL SEQUENCES IN THIS PROGRAM, WHETHER FILMED IN THE WILD OR UNDER CONTROLLED CONDITIONS, REPRESENT AUTHENTIC BEHAVOUR
© Partridge Films 1999
Narration Written by
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN
PATRICK GAMBUTI, JR.
Executive In Charge
A Co-Production of Partridge Films and Thirteen/WNET New York
MARY HOPE GARCIA
About the Writer
David Malakoff is a journalist covering research discoveries and the politics of science for SCIENCE MAGAZINE in Washington, D.C. His writing has appeared in a wide range of venues, including THE ECONOMIST, THE WASHINGTON POST, and ABCNews.com.
Thirteen Online is a production of Thirteen/WNET New York's Kravis Multimedia Education Center in New York City. Anthony Chapman, Director of Interactive & Broadband. Bob Adleman, Business Manager. Carmen DiRienzo, Vice President and Managing Director, Corporate Affairs.