Florida has unique origins that occurred long before the Atlantic Ocean existed. What would become the basement rocks of Florida were once part other continents. Most of Florida's geological history occurred under the ocean, which explains why our entire state has hundreds of feet of limestone beneath it! The sands and clays at land surface were deposited as the Appalachian Mountain belt eroded over millions of years. Visit us again to learn more as we update this page.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.