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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Jacob's Well

Jacob's Well is a perennial spring in the Texas Hill Country.  It is located north of Wimberly,  Texas. The mouth of the spring here is 12 to 15 feet wide. The shaft goes straight down for thirty feet and then angles down until it reaches the aquifer 125 below. The width of the cave changes as it heads down which may relate to the deaths of at least eight scuba divers and the last few decades.

The spring creates a unique ecosystem along Cypress Creek.

The State of Texas has a Master Naturalist Program and we were lucky enough to take a tour with two of them. 

The creek bed above the well. The naturalists were helpful in identifying  the different grasses and other plants.

In geology, this rock formation above the creek is known as "Glen Rose". It contains many fossils.

Fossil samples