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Monday, April 12, 2010

Ancient spring has a fuzzy future

Published 4/11/2010
The water is always a constant 87 degrees at Warm Mineral Springs, where nine million gallons of fresh mineral water bubbles forth every day. The spring may be the strangest and most unusual tourist attraction in Sarasota County.

...the only hot spring in a state with the world's largest concentration of cool springs has lured spiritual seekers. These days, it also draws scientists, real estate speculators, tin-can tourists and European hot springs enthusiasts.

Warm Mineral Springs is the lone hot water exception in Florida, and the only major natural spring south of the Orlando area.

"The archaeology in the springs is of world-class significance," said Steve Koski, a research assistant with the University of Miami who has explored Warm Mineral Springs and serves as site manager for another archeologically important site, nearby Little Salt Springs.
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