But "hydrologically" could it have been its source?
Imagine if you would:
- A higher pre-drainage Lake Okeechobee, 23 feet above sea level (asl).
- A fully intact Ft Thomson Falls that pooled water in the Lake Flirt floodplain, 20 ft asl
- Groundwater flowing laterally through the Immokalee Rise's underlying karst
- Rainwater infiltrating down into the porous sands of the Immokalee Rise
Under that scenario, Immokalee Mountain wasn't a dam at all ...
But the underground spigot that supercharged the headwaters of the swamp.
Special thanks to hydrogeologist and swamp emeritus Jack Meeder on this post!