Karst Underwater Research

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Karst Underwater Research
Type Not for Profit
Founded 1996
Headquarters Tampa, Florida, USA
Key people Brett Hemphill, Director & President
Andrew Pitkin, Director
Michael Poucher,Director
Jeff Petersen, Director
Website www.karstunderwaterresearch.org

Karst Underwater Research (KUR) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to collecting and reporting scientific information from underwater karst environments where scientists are unable to go and providing this information to the public.

KUR has been most noted in their exploration of Weeki Wachee Springs and Twin D's.

Weeki Wachee Exploration Project[edit]

In 2007, a team led by KUR found that Weeki Wachee Springs is the deepest naturally formed spring in the United States.

From May 22 until August 30, 2007, the discharge level at Weeki Wachee spring dropped to a level that allowed for cave divers to gain effective entry into the cave system at the spring. The KUR team successfully executed exploration dives and the necessary in-water decompression to explore approximately 6,700 feet in multiple passages at an average depth of 265 Feet Fresh Water (ffw) with a maximum depth of 407 ffw.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Weeki Wachee Spring". karstunderwaterresearch.org. Karst Underwater Research. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  2. ^ Neill, Logan; Anderson, Joel (2009-04-20). "Cave divers explore deepest parts of Weeki Wachee Springs". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 

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