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SL364: Landscape Diversity: Florida Phosphate Mine Pit Lakes

Figure 3. Phosphate mine pit lake (R-14) under construction in 1994 (top) and after reclamation (bottom). The spoil rows in the 1994 photo typically remain following reclamation and are a common bathymetric feature of phosphate mine pit lakes. The areas without spoil rows will become deeper pockets, resulting in a highly irregular lake bottom.

Credit: M. Wilson