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Most Dangerous Inland America Dive Sites?

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Fed by the Trinity Aquifer, which pushes up its water through the well and spills it into nearby Cypress Creek, Jacob's Well is a spring in Hays County, Texas, an hour or so southwest of Austin, near the towns of Wimberley and Dripping Springs.

Its cool water has lured locals and visitors for hundreds of years, and, for almost that long, Jacob's Well has drawn the adventurous, too. Daredevils leap from a nearby outcropping into the slim opening that is, by at least one estimate, only about 13 feet wide. Free divers probe the well, sometimes as deep as 100 feet, maneuvering into narrow openings that lead into underwater caves. Scuba divers make forays into what the Jacob's Well Exploration Project calls a "challenging, unforgiving environment." It can be a deadly....


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