Descent into Florida’s Underwater Caves

Long before theme parks began to sprout from Orlando’s swamps, Florida’s freshwater springs were among the region’s main attractions. Native Americans used bows for thousands of years before Spanish conquistadors arrived in the 1500s. Conquistadors’ reports of clear water gushing from hollow holes in forest floors fueled myths about the forest’s existence. fountain of youth. […]

Solving the Mysteries Hidden in Vast Glacial Caves

About 250 feet from the bottom of an icy shaft, I was hanging from a thin nylon string. As I looked up, blinding snow turned mad by howling winds, I noticed the sand-blasting spindrift about 20 feet above me. I was content to be out of the air, almost suspended in silence. As my eyes […]