There are a fixed number of molecules of water on Earth, 320 million cubic miles of them to be exact. No more are being made and none are being destroyed. They are stable and do not decompose. They just change forms. We encounter water as ice, rain, rivers, lakes, oceans, springs, sweat, fog, dew, and clouds. We could not live without water. We are in fact 60% water ourselves. At least that much of us will exist forever. Each molecule of water continuously moves through the hydrologic cycle. As a water molecule passes by, we drink it, bathe in it, and rinse away our waste with it. Trees do the same, absorbing it with their roots, piping it up to their leaves, which they use it to help produce oxygen. Trees return it to the sky by transpiration from where it falls again as rain. Rain falling on the Fort King site and other surrounding hills is the source of water of this little seep spring. The low pH of 6.0 and the low Total Dissolved Solids of 0.04 micrograms per liter of its water testifies that it originates from rainfall and not from a limestone aquifer. Rain 'percolates' through the pore spaces of the sands and moves down gradient emerging here in this ravine. Governor Duval and Indian Agent Gad Humphreys selected this site for the location of Fort King. It had the two requisites for an Army Fort - A defendable hill and a close, reliable source of drinking water. Imagine standing on the edge of this little pool of water in the summer of 1839. Looking up you would see musket armed sentries posted along the ridges above you and across the creek below you. They were on alert for Seminole snipers. In the pool before you was the Commanding General of the United States Army taking a bath in the cool, clear water.