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Rocky Bayou Steephead Hike

On March 8, 2009, a group of people led by the park ranger descended a steep hill called a steephead to explore seepage streams below. The ravine along with two others has been forming for ages in Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, Niceville, Florida. Steepheads are unique to north Florida. Rainwater carries sand along as it filters through the end of the ravine. This collapses the bank, especially at the base, forming a sharp incline that gradually recedes, extending the ravine.

This video is not used commercially, to make money, only for public free environmental education purposes. See more info on steepheads on this page: http://www.brucemeans.com/sci-article.htm. Also see naturalist D. Bruce Means at top, middle, and bottom of a steephead at about 6 minutes in this video: http://vimeo.com/1614065. See also a video of Bruce Means in the Nokuse Plantation talking about a steephead formation area.

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