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Cave Research Foundation 1992 ANNUAL REPORT


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2 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report The Cave Research Foundation (C RF) is a nonprofit corporation formed in 1957 under the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Its purpose is to support scientific research related to caves and karst, to aid in the conservation of cave karst wilderness features, and to assist in the interpretation of caves through education. EDITOR Karen B Lindsley 12 Orchard Road Lucas, TX 75002-8061 EDITORIAL STAFF R Pete Lindsley Cover photo (Figure 1) : Kaemper avenue, in the former upstream direction from its access crawl. (Photo by Arthur N. Palmer) Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 1993 by the Cave Research Foundation. Permission is granted to reproduce this material for scientific and educational use For information contact Melburn R. Park, 1541 Peabody Avenue, MemphiS TN 38104-3831 ISBN 0-939748-38-x Published by CAVE BOOKS 756 Harvard Avenue S1. Louis, MO 63130 USA


Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 3 CAVE CONSERVATION The caves in which we carry out our scientific work and exploration are natural liv i ng laboratories Without these laboratories, little of what is described in this Annual Report could be studied The Cave Research Foundation is committed to the preservation of all underground resources Caves are fragile in many ways We take considerable care that we do not destroy that which we study because many of the cave features take hundreds of thousands of years to form Also many of the processes that formed the cave passages we travel are no longer active in these areas People who unthinkingly take or break stalactites and other cave formations cause great and i rreparable damage. Cave life such as blind fish live in precarious ecological balance in heir isolated underground environment. Disturbances such as causing bats to fly during winter hibernation can be as fatal to them as shooting them Caves are wonderful places fo r research, recreation and adventure. But before you enter a cave, we urge you to first learn how to be a careful and conservation-minded caver by contacting the Nat i onal Speleological Soc i ety, Cave Avenue, Huntsville AL 35810, USA, for excellent advice and guidance for novice and experienced alike Cave Research Foundation Directors John C. Tinsley Secretary James Borden R Pete Lindsley Janet Sowers 1992 Melburn R Park President Richard Venters Roger E. McClure Treasurer R Scott House Rondal Bridgemon Michael Sutton


4 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report Highlights of 1992 The Hamilton Valley Project In 1992, the Foundation completed purchase of land encompassing almost an entire karst valley that lies the east of Mammoth Cave National Park. By the end of the year, there were indications that the size of the CRF Hamilton Valley Preserve would grow beyond its original 185 acres A year or more will be necessary before we see the field research facility and headquarters that we envision erected there, but that path is not nearly so long as the one we have traversed to get this far. When it became apparent that we would lose the operations base on Flint Ridge where we were founded and where we had prospered since 1957, thei'e were several important issues to grapple with. Should we buy or lease property and move our operations outside park boundaries? Being off the park could mean that we would be out of sight and Ollt of mind to the park staff. Even leaving Flint Ridge, where we had a special use permit for our historic facilities, implied a degree of that. Indeed, we have since found that the transfer to Maple Springs has diminished our stature. We have lost a measure of independent planning and much of what we had previously had to offer to university scientists seeking to work at Mammoth Cave In 1991 and the beginning of 1992, three paths were open to us: (1) We could do nothing, that is, be content with the shift of our operations to the park's Maple Springs site and the changes that that implied. (2) We could move off the park in the way that a caving club might-into a modest structure on leased or possibly purchased property. There, we would have limited means of supporting scientific programs and only our traditional skills and ongoing program to keep the park interested in us (3) We could establish ourselves as a mature organization and involved partner on the eastern flank of '[he park. In evaluating the three options, I tried to envision a CRF-East twenty years in the future. At Maple Springs, with the cave completely mapped, no means of doing or attracting outside scientific workers, I think that we would have faded from the scene entirely I then asked myself whether a simple wooden clubhouse structure would more r ese mble the run-down Austin House or the run-down Collins House in twenty years time. Who would want to work out of it? The hardy few perhaps, maybe even a graduate student or two, but what faculty member would take this kind of ramshackle field support seriously? Having moved off the park in this manner, what would the difference be, in twenty years, between us and the group exploring some Cave X in the area? What benefit would we be to a park with fixed boundaries and competing interests? Concerning the final option, I asked myself what would we have to offer-what could we offer-to the Park Service and to the caving world with a real base of operations and a sizable land preserve as well. Computers on site, a library with data readily accessible, these assets have already intrigued the Park Service research staff The first building erected will be enough to provide residence, work, and study area for visiting SCientists but dedicated buildings for this will follow so that investigators and expedition personnel can productively coexist in ways that have never before been possible. The dollar cost for this option seemed daunting at first but the more we learned of funding sources and of the commitment of our JVs, the more possible this option became Clearly, this was the right way to go The Hamilton Valley Project is not the effort of a caving club. It is also more than bricks and mortar. It is a large commitment to the work of studying the Central Kentucky Karst. It, as well, makes us important members of the local community and it makes us part-custodians of the water shed and even some of the passages of what is presently the worlds longest cave. I congratulate the Cave Research Foundation and its Board of Directors for having had the vision, and the courage, to undertake this project. See related article on page 56. Melburn R. Park, Ph.D President, Cave Research Foundation


Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 5 Highlights of 1992 ....................................................................................................... ............... .......... .................. 4 CARTOGRAPHY ................... .............. ... ....................... ................. ............. ......... ... ..... .................... ............ 7 -15 Cartography at Lilburn Cave, California, 1992 Peter Bosted ...... ... ....... . ...... ..... .................... . . ...................... .... .... ....... .............. ... ..... ........ ..................... . 9 Missouri Cave Inventory and Mapping Scott House and Doug Baker ............................. ..... ................. ................... ............ ................... ........ ...... 11 Survey, Exploration, and Cartography of the Caves of Mammoth Cave National Park Scott House .... ........................ ....... ................ .... ......... . ... ...... ... ...... ........... .......... ........ ......... .... .... . . .... .... 13 Fitton Cave Survey Project, Arkansas Pete Lindsley ...... .... ..... ..... . .... . . ...... ... ..... .... ... ........ .... ..... . . .... . .... ................ . .... ...... . . ....... ............ ...... 15 THE SCIENCES .......................... ............................................................. ....... ........... ............. .......... .... ......... 17 -52 GEOSCIENCES ........ ...................... ................................... ............ ...................... ...... ....... ... . ... ......... .... 19-35 Dust Monitoring and Sedimentology of Selected Caves at Lava Beds National Monument John Tinsley, Kenneth Miller, and Robert A. Johnson ... ..... .......... . . . .... . ..... ..... . . ...... . .......... .... 19-21 Sedimentology of the Redwood Canyon Karst John C Tinsley ....... ..... . . . . ...... ... ......... . ........... .... ........ ..... .... . ..... ............. .......... ............. ........... .... 22 Spectral Analysis and Interpretation of the Lilburn Cave-Big Spring Hydrologic System, Kings Canyon National Park Linda Urzendowski, Igor Jankovic, John Hess and Mike Spiess .... ................... ..... . . ..... ..... ........ . 22-25 Network Flow Modeling of Developing Karst Aquifers: Selective Enlargement of Competing Flowpaths Christopher G. Groves anc 4/an D Howard ........... ...... . ...... ... ................... . . . ....... . ....... ..... . ... ... 25-27 Ori g i n of Disconformity Dedolomite in the Martin Formation (Late Devonian, Northern Arizona) Ray Kenny ..... ....... ..... .............. ... .... ....... ... ... ........... ..... .. .... ... ................ ... ..... ..... ......... ...... ............ 27-28 Silicified Mississippian Paleosol iv1icrostructures: Evidence for Ancient Microbial Soil Associations Ray Kenny and David H Kr.nsley .............. .. ........................................ .............. .... ............................... 28 Evolution of the Appalachian Highlands: Magnetostratigraphy, and Historical Geomorphology of the East Fork Obey River, Fentress County, Tennessee Ira D. Sasowski .............. ................ ..... ... ........ ... .. ............ .... ...... .. .... ............ ................................... 29-30


6 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report (GeoSciences) Origin and Development of Upper Cenozoic Ground-Water Sustained Lakes, Southern Great Plains-Preliminary Findings S Christopher Caran ......... ................. ........................ ... ........... ..... ... ........ .... ........... ...... ...... ..... . 30-32 Geologic Leveling Survey in Logsdon River, Mammoth Cave Arthur N. Palmer and Margaret V Palmer . ...................... ... ..... .... ........... ............ ......................... 32-34 ECOLOGY ........ ....... ... ...................... ....... ...................................... . ........................... ............................... 35-46 Survey of the Ferns of Selected L,lVa Tube Entrances in Lava Beds National Monument Christopher M. Richard Alan R Smith, and C. Don MacNeil!... ................ ............... ..... ..... ....... ....... 35-37 Arthropod Communities Associated with Indiana Woodrat Caves JulianJ. Lewis .......... ............................................... ...................... ... ................................................ 37-38 Baseline Biological Inventory of Caves Near the Hardrock Mineral Prospecting Area, Oregon and Shannon Counties, Missouri Mick Sutton ............ .......................................................................................................................... 38-42 Observations on the Distribution and Ecology of Antroselates spiralis in Southern Indiana Julian J. Lewis and Ann Marie Lewis ............................................................................................... 43-45 ARCHAEOLOGY .......................................................................................................................................... 46-49 Cave Research Archaeological Project Patty Jo Watson .... ...... ..................................................................................................................... 46-47 Search for the Copperas Cave of Mummies, Tennessee Angelo I George .... .......... ............. ........... ....... ............ ..... ................ ..... ....... ... ......... ............ ..... ..... 47-49 CRF FELLOWSHIP AND GRANT SUPPORT DURING 1992 ..................................................................... 50-51 EDUCATION ....................................................................................................................................................... 53 55 Saltpeter Industry Stanley D Sides .... ........ ....... ............... ....... ........ ....... ......................... ............................................. ... ......... 55 The Hamilton Valley Project Mel Park and Red Watson ................. .............. ..... .................... ....................................................... ............ 56-58 Publications and Presentations ........ .................. ...................... ...... ...... ............ ............ .............. ... ........... ...... 59-60 Cave Books ............................... ......................................................................................................................... 61-63 Cave Research Foundation Management Structure 1992 ............................................................................. 64-65 Contributors to this report ..................................................................................................................................... 67


Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 7 Figure 2 : Jim Smith in State Trooper Cave, Warren Co., Kentucky (Photo by Chris Groves).


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Cartography at Lilburn Cave, Cal itorn ia, 1992 by Peter Bosted Perhaps because of the availability of quadrangles for several areas of the cave 1992 turned out to be quite a productive year for cartography at Lilburn Cave, w i th almost twice as many feet surveyed as in 1991. There were five expeditions during which surveying took place in May June, July, September and October. Each expedition had between four and seven survey trips mak i ng for a total of twenty-nine trips. Survey totals ranged from 100 to 400 ft., with 200 ft. being typical. This reflects the increasingly small size of passages being surveyed. A total of 460 stations were set, and 5245 ft. were surveyed of which 4300 ft. were new passage, and 945 ft were resurveys to improve sketches or f i x loop closure e r rors. Two of the surveys we r e underwater, from diving trips in the South Seas These surveys increased the measured depth of the cave to 508 ft .. The total length now stands at 13.52 miles (21. 77 km) The sketchers for 1992 were C Festerson (1 trip) B Farr (2 trips diving), S Koehler (3 trips), J DeSpain (5 trips) C. Vesely (6 trips) and P Bosted (12 trips). Many ofthe survey trips were to the relatively dry and pleasant North end of the cave for which quadrangles were generally available A new route was found from the entrance to the Crystal Crawl area and from the r e a new route was found to the Badminton Room. The lower East Stream was surveyed yet again, w i th a lot of survey shots permitting a more accurate portrayal of this com plicated area Nearby, a new pit complex was found which leads down to the Rise area Meanwhile probably the deepest unbroken pit in the cave (at 120ft. deep) was descended It connected from the CF surJ ey down to the main passage beyond the White Rapid s Over in the West Stream area, an upper level consisting of several small rooms was found above the Black Stalactites, and the stream itself was pushed upstream to a near connec tion with the portion that is accessed going downstream from the Kleinbottle Complex The very dry conditions of the past six years made this a much more pleasant trip than it would be normally Only three trips surveyed in the middle part of the cave with two trips to the Schreiber Complex mopping up side leads, and one trip mapp i n1 accidentally unsurveyed passage close to the Main Entrance Due to the dry conditions, many trips were taken to the South End One trip to River Pit found a fairly long extension Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 9 (for Lilburn), while a team in November climbed a dome to find an interesting new area that was not surveyed due to some of the party getting too cold Pits in Hog Heaven were descended and found to be blind. Four trips were made to the Thanksgiving Hall Passage through which the main stream runs The main passage was resketched, and over 400 ft. of side passages were found. A good climbing lead still remains in one of these F i nally the two diving trips in the South Seas (where the main stream sumps at the South end of the cave) found the lake to be much deeper than expected (over 130 ft.), and more diving will be needed to fully explore the passages leading away from the lake. Four trips were made to nearby Cedar Cave The first two were aborted when one or more party members could not fit around a tight corner near the entrance The last two trips continued mapping in small, but continuing passage, adding 155 ft. to the length. This is definitely a small person's cave" Substantial progress was made in work ing on the 11" by 17 quadrangles The fifteen quadrangles that depict the northern portion of the cave (everything north of the Hex Room) were all completed by P Bosted and have been updated to include the 1992 surveys Most areas only require two or three levels but the area that includes the Alto Stream in so complex that it requires four levels to portray J Tinsley has begun work on four quadrangles for the Pandora/Enchanted River area, while B Frantz has begun work on four quadrangles around the River Pit area A new computer program was written by P. Bosted so that line plots for each quad rangle could be generated directly on the Macintosh (rather than importing them from a Vax). The program also draws and labels the borders for each quadrangle The plots are then imported into the drawing program Canvas as one of the layers that can be turned on or off Another layer is then used to draw the passage walls either by tracing scanned images, or, i n most cases by drawing straight from the survey notes A copy of this layer is filled in with the color appropriate to the level of the cave, and can be combined w i th other draw i ngs to show the interrelationships of the various levels The final layer in the drawing program contains all of the passage detail and cross sections Normally, two ver sions of each quadrangle are printed out: one containing the passage walls and line plot only (useful for surveying leads), and one containing all the details but no line plots Examples of each are shown reduced by a factor of two in Figures 3 and 4 The quadrangles have already proved useful in finding new leads and also in being able to find the way around in this complex three-dimen sional cave


10 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report Figure 3 : Quadrangle for the Meyer Entrance area of Lilburn Cave showing passage walls and line plot only This map has been reduced from its original 11 x 17" size .. LILBURN CAVE: MAP 2 2.U i LILBURN CAVE: MAP 2 2 U Figure 4 : This is the same map as shown in Figure 3 but the line plot has been turn -ed off and the passage detail turned on


Prospects for finding another mile or two in Lilburn Cave remain reasonable as there are several good climbing leads as well as many crawlways that need pushing Completion of more quadrangles should help in this effort In addition, it will be interesting to see if this year's heavy winter storms will remove substantial amounts of sand from the three dive sites: the Rise South Seas, and Big Springs 00 Missouri Cave Inventory and Mapping by Scott House and Doug Baker Continuing a pattern of recent years, most of the CRF work in Missouri focused on the 1.7 million acre Mark Twain National Forest. Work trips outside of the Forest were either on private lanqs or were associated with one major project on land owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation but lying within the bound aries of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Mark Twain National Forest A numberof caves were mapped and inventoried as part of a project to do assessments and baseline data in a lead prospecting area. The area, in southern Shannon and northern Oregon Counties, lies in the heart of the southern Ozark karst region where several of the nation's largest springs have their recharge areas (See article elsewhere ) Most of the caves within the region are relatively small. Virtually all of them have active streams of one sort or another with flows varying from trickle size to river dimension The caves typically exhibit ph.eatic develop ment with extensive vadose modifications; large rooms ortrunks re-excavated by small streams are not uncom mon. Most of the caves surveyed and/or inventoried lie within the Hurricane or Spring Creek basins ; both are tributaries to the Eleven Point River, a National Wild and Scenic River Some of the caves surveyed and invento-Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 11 ried are on private land; the intent of the effort is to create baseline data on the area's cave without regards to ownership. Private landowners graciously provided access to survey crews (Figure 5) Figure 5: Mick Sutton checks his notes during cave inventory in Mark Twain National Forest (Photo by Scott House). Several trips were required to finish 1000 foot long Brawley Cave and its satellite caves Upper Brawley Cave and Rimstone Cave The survey of Cat Cave was completed as well as nearby Vulture Cave (yes, it has one nesting in it.) Several survey crews were required to map New Liberty Cave (Figure 6) about which virtually nothing was previously known. The cave turned out to be over a half-mile in length with a large main passage, extensive crawlways, climbs, and maze areas 100 foot long Dobbs Spring Cave was mapped after some nego tiations; it serves as a water supply for a farmhouse The survey of Adams #2 was completed by a very small survey crew Two large and wet caves directly on the Eleven Point Riverwere surveyed. Posy Spring Cave was completed with just over 2700 ft. of passage and Blowing Spring Cave (3500 ft.) was also finished The six survey trips required wetsuits and cavers with little fear of low air spaces; Blowing Spring lies just barely above the level of the river and represents a considerable hazard since one must enter through a barely passable spring en trance. 600 foot-long Greer Spring Cave represented a hazard of a different sort; tremendous currents exist in this cave which is one of two outlets to Greer Spring which, at an average daily flow of 187 million gallons, is Missouri's second largest spring Most of the flow comes out of the lower boil outside of the cave but the cave flow


12 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report Figure 6 : Jerry Wagner surveys in New Liberty Cave, Oregon County, Missouri (Photo by Scott House) still represented about 50 cfs of the total at the time of the sllrvey Lastly within the study area two very similar caves along Spring Creek were surveyed. Both Statue Cave (720ft. long) (Figure 7) and Cropper Cave (600ft.)(Figure 8) run beneath small ridges and pirate stream drainages from the hollows over the ridges. These maps give a good idea of what goes on throughout much of this region While this initial survey was completed indica tions are that a new agreement will be initiated forfurther work in the area Elsewhere, Mark Twain National Forest's longest cave Douglas County's Still Spring Cave nears comple tion Six trips accumulated about 2000 feet of tough survey Long stream crawls, requiring a wet suit, lead to extensive canyons and rooms far upstream. Dry crawls bypass most of the stream crawls but only provide moderate relief since wetsuits are required h)rthe survey Figure 7: Doug Baker helps survey in Statue Cave, Oregon County, Missouri. (Photo by Scott House) Figure 8 : Entrance to Cropper Cave, Oregon County, Missouri. (Photo by Scott House). objectives Work continues trying to reach the upstream end of the cave but additional discoveries keep popping up putting the survey length at almost 17000 feet. Lastly the survey of Brazil Pit was finished and an overland survey was run to nearby Sinkhole Cave. Powder Mill Creek cave This large and intriguing cave is located within the Ozark National Scenic Riverways (National Park Ser vice) on land actually owned and managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Access to the cave, a state natural area, is controlled by the Depart ment while facilities support is provided by the ONSA.


The cave now totals over 29000 feet in length and will probably pass the Devils Icebox next year to become the slate's sixth longest cave Most of the survey work in 1992 involved the lengthy side passage section called Hellhole The name origi nated from the entrance crawl which is so obscure that despite 25 years of previous exploration and mapping it had never been entered Much work was put in to this area to resolve sheet boundaries divisions for the final maps The years work failed to resolve these problems but progress was made in reducing the number of unsurveyed leads in Hellhole Most of the mapping activity in Hellhole involved a canyon maze that under lies the northern portion of a large upper-level passage named Grand Gallery Four survey crews mapped 1000 feet of frustrating survey which primarily consists of a narrow 12 foot high canyon overlying a breakdown strewn passage two to six feet high by 10 feet wide The lower level connects to the canyon from [,11e to time ; the c,anyon intersects Grand Gallery a few times via slump pits Gand Gallery itself was extended for several hundred feet of moderately large passage. The passage is heavily decorated with columns 6 to 10 feet high and stalactites over 3 feet in length not uncommon. One noteworthy formation is a white compound flowstone mound 14 feet high with a 12 x 6 foot base One lead off of a Hellhole route led to a meandering canyon that dropped into another passage of walking size (8 feet high by 10 feet wide) which was mapped for several hundred feet. This eventually intersected yet another upper level canyon not yet surveyed 20 feet high by 8 feet wide. Elsewhere in the cave, one survey trip was taken to continue the survey of Bear Avenue wh i ch is accessed via the Windy Crawl, an extremely tight crawlway which effectively limits th i s area to those with small builds. 800 feet of pleasant passage was surveyed ; it was hoped that this area might connect with some of the canyons in Hellhole but that hope was dashed by the trend of the mapped passage Much more work is planned for 1993, centering again on the Hellhole series Personnel Most of the above work was coordinated by Mick Sutton, Doug Baker or Scott House Other JV s who have helped with the drafting or admini.3trative duties include Bob Osburn Sue Hagan Jerry Wagner, and Tim O'Dell Numerous others participated in the field work 00 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 13 Survey, Exploration, and Cartography of the Caves of Mammoth Cave National Park by Scott House Work on completing area maps a new start on the Historic Mammoth section continued work on smaller caves, and a cartographic salon winner highlighted the 1992 effort FIELD WORK Morrison and Proctor Cave (Hawkins River Area) Field work in the river areas concentrated on com pleting certain areas Several trips were taken to Lee Avenue to fix old survey inconsistencies and finish off leads along it. Several other trips concentrated on the Coons Trail and X-15 Pit areas on the route to Kaemper Avenue The large areas of the river downstream from the Doyel Valley entrance also received work in an attempt to get this area finished Large areas of the river are now essentially finished and drafting work can go ahead Mammoth Cave Ridge Mammoth Cave Ridge was once again the scene of the heaviest activity as several area maps move toward completion while more maps have been started Much of the work was on the Historic end where new maps are now underway Two and a half miles of Historic Mam moth was resurveyed and a small amount of new pas sage was done as a by-product. Passages resurveyed comprised a network of interconnections involving Gothic Avenue Gratz Avenue, Aboriginal Avenue (off Jessup Avenue) Briggs Avenue, Sylvan Avenue, Wilsons Way Harveys Avenue, and Lost Avenue Also on the Historic end of the cave several trips were taken to Cutliff Way to finish off leads that yielded 600 feet of new passage and trips to the Minnas Way area yielded a few hundred difficult feet of passage In the central area of the cave over a quarter mile of new passage was discovered and mapped within five minutes of the elevator entrance; a thousand feet of hard-earned passage turned up off of northern Marion Avenue and a number of trips to the Belfry/Blackstone area resu rveyed some areas and found hundreds of feet of new passage Work continued on Mystic River with more than a half mile resurveyed On the southeast end of the ridge trips on the Cathedral


14 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report Domes map area surveyed another 800 f1. of passage while several hundred more feet were mapped in various leads in the Frozen Niagara area Resurvey in Mammoth Cave totalled over three miles this year while leads yielded over a mile of new passage Flint Ridge The bulk of the work done this year was to finish the network of passages that connect Salts and Colossal and to replace the trunk survey in Salts. Over 3000 ft. of replacement survey was completed in Colossal while work in Salts amounted to over9000 ft. of resurvey Over 1500 f1. of new survey was also done i n the two caves Trips to Unknown Cave concentrated on finishing pit a reas around the Union Shafts and the Unknown En t r ance ; these yielded 500 ft. of new survey while nearly 1000 ft. was resurveyed LENGTH OF THE SYSTEM The Mammoth Cave System is now 340 miles long. New mileage comes mostly from the Proctor/Morrison area Cave Miles Kilometers Colossal Cave 29 36 47 26 Crystal Cave 14 15 22.77 Salts Cave 19 63 31.59 Unknown Cave 44.49 71. 60 Fl i nt Ridge Total 107 63 173.22 Mammoth Cave 133 92 215.52 Proctor / Morrison 38 .03 61.21 RoppelCave 60.81 97.87 System Total 340 39 547.81 This represents an increase of 4 6 miles over last years total. More new survey than that was recorded but we lost some considerable footage in Unknown due to e arlier recording errors SURFACE SURVEYS Progress was made toward completing tile entrancetoe ntrance surface survey grid Trips concentrated on e x tending the survey line to entrances of noppel Cave outside of the park and completing one internal loop within the park. Efforts are being made to obtain new equipment to hasten this effort. OTHER CAVES IN THE PARK Much work was done on the smaller (less than 300 miles ) caves in the park. On the north s i de of the Green River 4000 f1. was surveyed in Buffalo Creek Cave and more remains to be done. Another 400 feet of new and resurvey was done in Running Branch Cave which is now nearly done. A new cave at the mouth of Cow Ford Hollow was surveyed and completed at 400 f1. 900 ft. was resurveyed in Wilson Cave in an effort to produce a new map Temple Hill Cave was surveyed and found to end after 230 ft. Johnson Spring Cave was also sur veyed to approximately 220 ft Other, very small, caves on the North Side that were surveyed included Jawbone Cave, Stillhouse Sink Cave Pinn i x Pocket Bear Den Cave, and Cade Cave. On the south side of the park one trip was taken into Smith Valley Cave and a couple of trips extended the length of White Lightning Cave by several hundred feet. Another 200 ft. was surveyed in Johnson Cave (not to be confused with Johnson Spring Cave), and a resketch trip was taken to Rigdon Pit. Outside of the park surveys were completed of Adwell Cave and Indian Cave DATA REDUCTION Most of the survey data accumulated by this project is entered into the commercial SMAPS program (version 4 .3) and then "dumped" into CRF s Cave Map Language (CML) for archiving. Some of the data is reduced using SMAPS while other material is compiled by CML CML, written for MS-DOS or Macintosh computers in C, has advanced features that allow it to perform more error tracking procedures. A new '1ront end "forCML has been written for Macintosh users that promises to be a very usable product for instant manipulation and data re trieval. Our goal is to achieve seamless transfer of data back and forth from CML to SMAPS. The database of CRF survey books now has nearly 3000 entries and continues to be a very useful product. It is through manipulation of this database that the length of the cave is determined CRF, the National Park Service and the Central Kentucky Karst Coalition con tinue to work on a merger of survey book databases which will also include work done over the years by NPS teams The eventual goal is to integrate all these avail able survey networks into one


CARTOGRAPHY Work continues on finishing some of our 1 :600 base maps Our first final product, the Kentucky Avenue sheet drawn by Mick Sutton, was finished in 1992 and won a first place ribbon in the NSS Cartographic Salon. The pencil draft of the Cathedral Domes sheet is nearly done and only awaits finishing of a few difficult leads The Bishops Dome and Frozen Niagara sheets are both nearly finished and may be done this year The Cleaveland Avenue, BlueSprings Branch and MarionAvenue sheets are all dependent on the underlying Mystic River section being finished before they are inked. Similarly, the Main Cave sheet is mostly done but awaits the finishing of Roaring River before it is completed. Both the Main Cave and Cleaveland Avenue sheets have been split into two sheets in the interest of maintaining a manageable size. Much of the survey work on the Alberts Domes sheet is finished and drafting is now underway The following list names various sheets in pencil on mylar format and the cartographer in charge Sheet ........................................ Cartographer Main Cave ........................... ......... Scott House Blue Springs Branch ............... Roberta Burnes and Mick Sutton Marion Avenue .............................. Bob Osburn Cleaveland Avenue .... ........ ........... Doug Baker Snowball Dining Room .................. Bob Osburn Bishops Domes ........................... Kevin Downs Cathedral Domes ......................... Scott House Frozen Niagara ............................ Scott House Alberts Domes .......... ..................... Eill Putnam Historic ................... ................ ..... Doug Baker Cocklebur ...... ................. ............. Kevin Downs Work on the river sheets is progressing well but with much new cave being found and detailed maps provid ing new information on possible leads it is difficult to approach being finished. All of the sheets are currently being drawn by Bob Osburn In Flint Ridge the Pohl Avenue sheet (drawn by Paul Hauck), in all its complexity, continues to near comple tion as pencil on mylar. Work is now beginning on several sheets in the Colossal/Salts area as surface surveys are closed. Most of these will be drawn by Jim Borden while Upper Salts will be drawn by Mick Sutton. Excellent progress has been made on other caves within the park We still have a backlog of old surveys that were never turned into final maps but we are rapidly catching up by training new cartographers and fixing old Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 15 survey data Sixteen maps were completed and inked this year : Temple Hill Cave, Jawbone Cave Curd Cave, Little Lower Proctor Cave, Little Proctor Cave, Davis Waterfall Cave, A. L. Morrison Cave, Cade Cave, Cow Ford Cave Bent Tree Sink, Johnson Spring Cave, Pinnix Pocket, Bear Den Cave, Stillhouse Sink Cave, Indian Cave and Adwell Cave Several more caves are currently finished (or nearly finished) and are being drafted by the indicated cartographers: Sheet ........................................ Cartographer Mouse Cave .... ..... ........................ Bob Osburn Rigdon Pit ..... .............................. Phil Bodanza Dickey Pit .......................... .... ..... Phil Bodanza Johnson Cave ...................... ......... Gerry Estes Cripple Creek Cave ....................... Gerry Estes The following are still being surveyed: Running Branch Cave ........ .......... Scott House Crow/Hackett Caves ........ ............ Scott House Buffalo Creek Cave ........ ................ Stan Sides Long Cave ............ ...... ..... ......... Tim Schafstall Smith Valley Cave ...... ............... Tim Schafstall Wilson Cave .... .... ............ ................. Jim Greer White Lightning Cave .......... .......... Rick Olson 00 Fitton Cave Survey Project by Pete Lindsley Six successful expeditions were fielded in 1992 and we were able to survey the stream passage all the way from the Bat Cave entrance to a point past the Round Room. We essentially completed the survey in Fitton Spring and also completed the majority of the down stream passage in the Grand Central area Early in 1992 an interesting cave radio location was made at the Out Room ; this time the transmitter was located on the surface and the direction-finding receiver was used in the cave The location essentially matched the previous more conventional transmitter-in-the-cave location Danny Vann is taking over the Area Manager job from Jack Regal starting in spring, 1993. 00


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Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 17 Figure 9: Large cave entrance located in Carter Caves State Park, Kentucky. (Photo by Chris Groves)


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Dust Monitoring and Sedimen tology of Selected Caves at Lava Beds National Monument by John Tinsley, Kenneth Miller, and Robert A. Johnson Introduction Deposits of fine sediment resulting from foot traf fic occur in heavily-visited lava caves at Lava Beds National Monument, northern California, USA The accumulations range in thickness from fractions of a millimeter to centimeters and the deposits mantle many of the natural rock surfaces within the cave to be ciscolored by the dust particles. These accumula tions of particulates are unsightly, obscure the fea tures of the lava rock of the cave, and thereby detract from the visitors' experiences. Although several as pects of these deposits were studied, we report on only one aspect here, our study of upper Skull Cave. The entire report (Tinsley and others, 1992) deals with findings in Valentine Cave and elsewhere in Skull Cave and can be obtained from the National Park Service, Lava Beds National Monument, at Tulelake California. The project has been concluded and sampling gear removed from the Monument. From November 1989, to January, 1992, sedi mentary deposits in the upper level of Skull Cave were sampled and studied in order to characterize sedi mentation problems in terms of deposition rate, depo sitional process, and provenance (sc.,urce of sedi ment) In addition, aerosolic dust was collected at an above-ground site near the cave to enable compari son of atmospheric aerosolic dust with in-cave sedi ment. Using the petrographic microscope, compari sons show that the in-cave deposits are characterized by a high proportion of coarse glassy volcanic ash (vitric tephra) and a low content of organic matter compared to above-ground samples. The latter tend Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 19 to be finer grained and relatively rich in pollen and fine organic particles Although our study was not specifi cally designed to test the idea, wind currents arising in response to atmospheric considerations outside the cave do not seem to be important in moving this sediment inside the upper levels of Skull Cave Sedi mentation rates inferred from in-cave dust collectors indicates that the rate of deposition of dust decreases as the distance from the trail tread increases, a finding that implicates vis i tor traffic and the trail tread as co contributors to the problem. The trail tread in upper Skull Cave is composed largely of a vitric tephra or volcanic ash, a material which is light, easy to handle, easily obtained from many localities in and around the Monument, and was thus easy to transport into the caves for use in con structing trails decades ago Yielding to this tempting expediency turns out to be the root cause of the problem. The sets of data we collected are small, however, the conclusions are informative and compelling We conclude that the trail tread is the source of the incave sediment. The vitric tuff tends to shatter, and become ground to a fine powder owing to visitors foot traffic Initial aggregates of particles range from 1 cm to 2 cm in diameter; upon become ground and/or shattered, particles commonly are less than one mi cron in diameter. We suggest that a two-step pro gram, consisting of (1) replacing the trail tread with a crushed non-glassy basalt aggregate which will not shatter under impact of footfalls, followed by (2) a cleaning of the dusty in-cave rock surfaces by vacu uming and flushing with water, the clean natural appearance of the lava surfaces will be restored The rock will tend to remain dust-free because the abun dant near-by source of the fine particulates at the trail tread will have been removed Sampling Techniques and Methodology Figure 10 from Tinsley and others (1992) shows plan and profile views of the deployment of flat plates of non-vesicular basaltic lava which served as pas-


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z o II) 40 33% CONTENT OF OXIDIZABlE MATER I ALS (ORGANICS) GIVEN AS A PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL SAMPLE MASS 30 u u Z < 20 NOTE THE AVE RAGE CONTENT OF ORGANIC 1M TER I ALS IN SAMPLES TRAPPED OUTSIDE OF THE C AV ES IS MUCH HIGHER THAN IS THE ORGANIC CONTENT OF IN-CAVE SAMPLES o IZ W 10 w n. o ABOVE GROUND TRAPS IN CAVE TRAPS F igure 12: Average content of o x idizab l e particulates retained in three above-ground dust traps compared to that retained on in-cave dust traps. Analysis conducted using 30% H202 solution. tion in total sample mass was attributed to elimination of the organic fraction The technique is admittedly crude, because components other than organic car bon may be oxidized but it offers the advantage of being rapid and for these samples is d8finitive Figure 13 from Tinsley and other (1992) shows measured dust flux plotted as a function of distance from the trail tread Absent the rat feces collectors near the trail tread collected dust at a greater rate than collectors located 6 meters or more away from the trail. OUST FLUX DECREASES AWAY FROM TRAIL TREAD O.1S ltltoA lrud.1 01 ... 0 o i : ::: \ 0 .021 0-----<) ----t----"-== .5 c :. 0 \D : 1 0 10 ... ,5 N DISTANCE FROM iRAlL TREAO ( m) EXPLANATION Aug-90 ---G-F obO I I ---Apr 91 L=-Jan.g2 COUECTlCN DATE Figure 13. Scatter plot showing highest levels of dust flux were recorded adjacent to the trail tread in Skull Cave; flux decreased as distance from the trail tread increased for 4 collection periods Rat feces produced an anomalous value at collector 6 in April, 1991. Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 21 Results The similar compositions of the trail tread materi als and the silt-sized materials recovered from the collectors, the measurable decrease in dust flux with increasing distance from the trail and the decrease in mean particle size with increasing distance from the trail indicate that the trail tread is the source of the silt sized detritus that is raining down upon and coating the rock surfaces in upper Skull Cave The vitr i c tuffaceous material is apparently quite brittle and tends to shatter into very small angular fragments evidently under the impact of visitors' footgear on the trail. Wind currents generated by passing visitors apparently are sufficient to disperse the suspended fine particulates across the entire breadth of Skull Cave at the site of the collector array near the en trance Remediation If the brittle, glassy material of the existing trail tread could be removed and replaced with a basalt that is crushed to about 1 12-inch diameter and washed to remove fines, the source of the buff-colored fine sediment would be eliminated from the cave The new trail tread would be darker in color, more nearly matching the native cave rock in terms of compos iti on and appearance In addition, if the fine silt could be vacuumed or washed off the rqck surfaces along the trail, the appearance of the lower walls and break down blocks in the cave would be restored to a relatively dust-free condition which existed after the lava cooled We anticipate that if the trail tread could be replaced, the result would be a visual experience that would minimize this visitor-derived impact. It is unwise to consider paving the trail with ce ment or asphalt. These substances although rela tively inexpensive durable and available are also foreign and likely to be toxic to the cave environment. Neither concrete nor asphalt would enhance the visi tors' experience. Using a dense, non vitric crushed basalt as the material for the trail is the most attractive option; a basalt would be chemically similar to the rock of the cave, compatible with the population of cave-dwelling organisms, and it would not comminute significantly under foot to produce an aerosolic dust. References Tinsley, J. C M i ller K., and Johnson R. A., 1992 Dust monitoring and sedimentology of selected caves November 1989 through June 1992, Lava B e d s N a tional Monum e nt California ; Fin al Report Project Number 7, Cooperative Agreement CA 8000 9 -8003, 14 figures, 1 App e ndix, 40 p


22 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report Sedimentology of the Red wood Canyon Karst by John C. Tinsley The winter and spring of 1992 were reasonably tame for the sediment chasers of Redwood Canyon, owing to the drought which has plagued California among other places for the past 7 years. There are few changes in sediment distribution to report, al though there were some surprises within the cave, as we shall see Big Spring is thought to remain plugged by sedi ment, a condition that was observed by Bill Farrduring dives in 1991. Runoff was insufficient to inundate a series of low alluvial terraces located below the confluence of Big Spring with Redwood Creek. This area is a sensitive natural recorder and indicator both of sediment movement and relative water stage at tained by runoff events Inspection of this reach enables us to quickly appraise the impact of spring runoff events without waiting for the more detailed digital hydrological records maintained by the data logger at Big Spring to be analyzed and computed. The large sinkhole in Pebble Pile Creek continued to fill, without continuing to drop large volumes of sand and gravel into the cave. No new sinkholes were observed to have formed during 1992, although some minor modifications which included raveling of the perimeter were logged at several new sinks formed during 1990-1991 Inside Lilburn Cave, proceeding downstream or from north to south, sediment did not move apprecia bly in the Upstream Rise and White Rapids areas; the Ant Lion passage was only minimally active, and the floor of the Hexadendron Room was not inundated during the runoff season. Although there were few changes over winter at the Z-Room near the southernmost sump, the most remarkable changes were observed following an un seasonable rainfall in normally dry July. A section of sediment 6 to 8-foot thick washed out of the Z-Room area and accumulated downstream where it buried a SCUBA tank cache placed in late June under 3 to 4 feet of sand. Curiously enough, the storm that pro voked the problem occurred during early July, which is usually a dry month in the Mediterranean climate of California Although the sedimentologists were maintaining polite smirks and most of their composure as they measured up the changes in the sediment profiles, the dive teams were not amused, for they had arrived expecting to dive without incident and con cluded by digging for lost gear. The divers procured digging implements by dismantling the static sedi ment sampler, but initial attempts to locate the miss ing gear were not successful. On the succeeding expedition, equipped with shovels and a metal detec tor, part of the missing gear was located and em ployed on subsequent dives. However, at least one SCUBA tank remains at large. Perhaps we should string a net across the resurgence at Big Spring? A new opportunity to obtain throughput times may be at hand. The incident underscores the dynamic nature of Lilburn Cave's hydrologic system, including its ability to move appreciable volumes of sediment on short notice. Even seemingly minor events can pro duce remarkable local changes in sediment storage and movement within the Lilburn Cave system. 00 Spectral Analysis and Inter pretation of the Lilburn Cave Big Spring Hydrologic System, Kings Canyon National Park by Linda Urzendowski, Igor Jankovic, John Hess and M ike Spiess Introduction Spectral analysis for a karst time series can pro vide information regarding the cave-spring flow dy namics and help define the internal geometry of the system. A representative section of the 1992 stage height time series of Lilburn Cave and Big Spring (Figure 14), a karst cave-spring system that experi ences cyclic ebb and flow behavior, was analyzed using spectral methods to better interpret the hydro logic and physical properties of the system. Discussion The time series in Figure 14 shows that an instan taneous increase in spring stage height corresponds


Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 23 Z -Room and Big Spring Stage 1992 5.0 4.5 4.0 3 5 3.0 g g, 2.5 U5 2.0 1.5 1.0 0.5 0.0 103.0 I I I Section 1 I Secti o n 2 I ; : ., : ', ... ,-103.5 ..... 104.0 Davs I I I Section 3 I I. I I I I I I I I I :\ .. ..... : ..... 104 5 i' I I Z-Room stage/10 Big Spring Section 4 105 0 105 5 Figure 14: Time series data set representing the stage level fluctuation of Lilburn Cave (Z-Room) and Big Spring for days 103 to 105.5 in 1992. Quasi-linear behavior occurs in sections 1 and 3, while nonlinear behavior is present in sections 2 and 4 with a drop in cave (Z-Room) levels The ebb and flow behavior suggests the presence of a siphon (Meinzer 1942) The instantaneous response may indicate that the system is completely filled with water and the rise at the spring is a pressure response when the cave achieves a significant amount of hycr3ulic head to (lctivate the siphon Both quasi-linear and nonlinear flow behavior have been observed within this cave-spring system, with the nonlinear behavior initiating at approximately 30 feet (9.15 m) of stage in the Z-Room and quasi linear behavior occurring below this The nonlin ear behavior could be a result of a large quantity of water quickly entering the system and backing up at the Z-Room At approximately 30 feet (9.15 m), more water may be present at the Z-Room than can be handled linearly, resulting in multiple flushes of de creasing magnitude occurring at the input in order to relieve this instability The Z-Room reaches a mini mum and begins rising when much of the water has drained and the system has become stable again. During this time of nonlinear behavior at the input, the output continues to respond linearly with each flush at the Z-Room. Spectral analysis was performed on each of the four data sections of Figure 14 to determine the nature of the power spectra The power spectra for the Z Room and spring for the two quasi-linear sections (1 and 3) are shown in Figure 15. These similar spectra are all relatively smooth, decreasing curves which


24 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 10' a b 10' \ 10' \ \. la' '. -0 I \ ..... C'I ...... < N 10' ;; ., 10 .... .... J 10" r: 81 Sprtn( Ji f/} 10" BI8SPI"lr14 10" 10-" 10' 10-" 10' lD" 0 0 0 .011 0 1 0 .111 O .lO 0 :15 0.30 0.3tI 0.40 0 4S 0 .50 0 .011 0.1 0.111 0 .20 OlS 0 .30 0 .35 0 ,40 0.45 Frequency (1/ dt) Frequency (1/dt) Figure 15: Power spectra of the four time series data sections in Figure 14. The smooth nature of graphs a and b (data sections 1 and 3, respectively) indicates linear or quasi l i near behavior, while the variable pattern of graphs c and d (data sections 2 and 4, respectively) is a nonlinear response the linear relationship between the Z-Room and Big Spring in all four data sections


strongly suggest a linear to quasi-linear system Both sets of power spectra display slight irregularities re garding the smoothness of the curves, which are attributed to noise within the data The power spectra for the two nonlinear sections (2 and 4) are also shown in Figure 15 Both power spectra fluctuate similarly with an apparent decreasing trend. The varia tions show an average exaggeration of the power spectra of about 10 times with one spike at the spring section 2 deviating by almost 100 times. This is characteristic of nonlinear behavior. The power spectra shown in Figure 15 show the spring always occurring at a lower spectra than the cave This is due to attenuation of tl-:9 input noise occurring within the system and is common in karst systems because of the complexity of flow paths that can smooth out initial noise (Andrecevic, pers. comm 1992) The input and output spectra for a true linear system would always level off at approximately the same value, respectively, and appear nearly identical in shape. For the Lilburn Cave-Big Spring system, the cave always levels off at adifferent spectrum, as does the spring (Figure 15), with both spectra behaving similarly This indicates that there is a variable acting externally on the system causing the input to behave stochastically, although the system responds linearly between input and output. This stochastic behavior is thought to be the result of flow path blockage due to a variable sediment load present within the system during the ebb and flow season. Sediment is thought to have entered the cave system after a l arge sinkhole collapse in 1988, with great quantities observed at the spring indicating sediment transport through the sys tem When sufficient hydraulic head is reached, the system is breached and the flow cycle resumes Acknowledgements I wish to thank Brad Lyles, Todd Mihevic, David Gillespie Lora Gillespie, Mike Slattery Lorrie Linnert and John Tins ley for their field assistance and technical support for this project. Heferences Meinzer, O .E. (ed.), 1942, Hydrology McGraw-Hili New York 712 p 00 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 25 Network Flow Modeling of Developing Karst Aquifers: Selective Enlargement of Competing Flowpaths by Christopher G Groves and Alan D. Howard Introduction In order to investigate the conditions leading to preferential flowpath and competition for flow among a number of potential initial flowpaths within incipient karst aquifers, a new FORTRAN program has been developed by solving a general flow problem for pipe networks and combining this with laboratory based information on calcite dissolution kinetics The study networks were composed of between 146 and 156 individual conduits, but can designed into a wide variety of configurations of conduit input and output geometries limited only by computer memory re quirements. Although the study networks are aligned horizontally, there is no inherent limitation of the flow solution to a two dimensional space Solutions are limited, however, to laminar flow conditions; the program generally ceases operation at the time that turbulent flow begins to occur at some location in the network All conduits remain water filled, closed with Figure 16: Map view of simulated network A showing (a) initial and (b) final discharges after 4,100 years. Maximum discharges are (a) 4 6x1 Oa and (b) 2. 7x 106 m3/s.


26 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report respect to the addition of additional C02 gas as dissolution proceeds In addition, complete and in stantaneous mixing of fluids is assumed to take place at lJassage intersections (nodes). Complete program documentation and discussion of model development are given by Groves (1993). Modeling Results Although the flow model is at present limited to laminar flow conditions important patterns of selec tive enlargement have been found to occur even during the very early stages of passage development simulated by the model. In the absence of initial variations in passage size, the major flowpaths to develop are those along the most direct path between entrance and exit. Those passages that are most closely aligned with the hydraulic gradient will also be enlarged more rapidly than those oriented in a more oblique or perpendicular fashion (Figure 16) Figure 17: Final discharges for network 0 after 22,000 years. Maximum discharge is 4 .6x1 0.6 m3/s '00 ... Figure 18: Final discharges for multiple input network L after 1,900 years Maximum discharge is 1.6x1 0.6 m3/s A series of runs done with a randomly generated initial fracture widths showed that with a small range of widths (ratio of largest to smallest of three), pas sage development is little affected by the width varia tion, such that enlargement occurs primarily along the most direct path between entrance and exit. With a greater variation (50x ratio), the fracture sizes had a large effect on the selection of paths of preferred solutional enlargement (Figure 17). The major pas sages to develop (those carrying the highest dis charges) were generally along circuitous routes formed from chance connections of relatively large fractures rather than along the shortest path. When a wide variation in fracture widths is present in an incipient karst aquifer, the initial distribution of these widths can be expected to be a major influence on the pattern of flow routes that ultimately develops. It is the presence of small passages (constrictions) along a potential flowpath, rather than the presence of par ticularly large passages, that controls these patterns of development. A number of hypotheses have been suggested in the literature to explain development of maze (non selective) vs. branchwork (selective) pattern develop ment of cave passages. Results from multiple input simulations support the observation of Palmer (1975), based on field evidence, that a number of alternate flowpaths can form where flows are forced to seek alternate routes around constrictions causing the flu ids to dissolve a number of fractures simultaneously. In contrast, the suggestion that mazes form simply due to phreatiC, artesian flows where all passages are constantly in contact with throughflowing waters (Bretz, 1942; Howard, 1963) is not supported. Phreatic conditions were simulated in each of the runs, and in each case preferred flowpaths were developed at the expense of other passages in the network Similarly, earlier analytical solutions of Curl (1974) suggested that all passages should be competitive when the entire network is under laminar flow conditions. He suggested that the first passages reaching turbulent flow in a network will experience increased dissolu tion rates, and these passage will gather increased flow Results from this effort, in contrast, show well developed flowpaths under totally laminar flow condi tions within the developing flow systems This dis crepancy may be explained by Curl's (1974) assump tion of linear kinetics Other simulations were configured with mul tiple input flow conditions, to study development of branchwork patterns resulting from a conduits devel oping at a number of discrete inputs In most cases,


the flowpath from the input closest to the exit devel oped to the point that turbulent conditions were reached at that location (and thus the program ceased opera tion) before very much development from the other tributaries in the system could take place (Figure 18). Continuing Work Development and refinement of the network model is an ongoing process. In addition to examining competitive passage development within early stages of karst aquifer development, a variety of other phe nomena can be investigated by modifications or addi tions to the model. An effort has been made to design a generalized code that can be relatively easily ex tended Further topics for study include the impor tance of Mischungs-corrosion in karst aquifer devel opment, by using multiple inputs with different initial PC02'S, and testing of other hypotheses relating to the development of branchwork vs. maze patterns. For example, water inputs could be located at a large number of locations throughout the network to simu late Palmer's (1975) observation of maze cave devel opment in limestones situated beneath permeable, but insoluble, clastic rocks: Potential extensions to the model include development of mixed laminar/ turbulent and fully turbulent solutions to the network flow problem, non-steady head conditions at network exits to study effects of lowering baselevels through time, simulation of conduits that are only partially filled with water in limited discharge cases, and verti cal cross section modeling of cave network develop ment. Acknowledgements Appreciation is expressed to Deana Groves Carol Wicks, Janet Herman, George Hornbel ;;Jer, and Rob E:rt Ribando for assistance with various (lspects of this research. Financial support was provided by Cave Research Foundation, the National Speleological So ciety, and the University of Virginia. References Bretz, J H 1942, Vadose and phreatic features of limestone caverns. Journal of Geology, vol. 50, pp. 675-811. Curl, R .L., 1974, Cave conduit competition : nonautonomous systems, in Proceedings of the Fourth Conference on Karst Geology and Hydrology, H.W. Rauch and E Werner, eds. West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, p. 109. Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 27 Groves, C.G., 1993, Early Development of Karst Systems. Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Howard, A D., 1963, The development of karst features. National Speleological Society Bulletin, vol. 25, pp. 45-65. Palmer, A.N., 1975, The origin of maze caves. National Speleological Society Bulletin, vol. 37, pp. 56-76. 00 Origin of Disconformity Dedolomite in the Martin Formation (Late Devonian, Northern Arizona) by Ray Kenny Abstract Calcitized dolomite (dedolomite) occurs along a prominent disconformity in the Upper Martin Dolomite of north-central Arizona (Figure 19). Petrography stable isotopes and field associations were used in an effort to constrain the origin and timing of the dedolomite 180/160 and 13C/12C ratios of the dedolomite show significant depletions relative to unaltered dolomite above and below the disconfor mity This depletion trend and dedolomitization are interpreted to have resulted from (a) subaerial expo sure and an influx 180-depleted meteoric water or, (b) descending groundwater from paleoaquifers in the Low Pennsylvanian. Sedimentary features consis tent with a subaerial exposure include detrital-filled desiccation cracks and an accumulation of iron-rich residual clays. Features suggestive of dedolo mitization by paleogroundwater include calcite-re placed evaporite nodu les and the great volume of water inferred to have been associated with extensive continental, Low Pennsylvanian karstification of over lying (younger) carbonate units. Acknowledgements The author wishes to thank L Paul Knauth and Kerrie E Neet who read earlier versions of the manu-


28 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 1 o kilometers 1 Christopher Mountain F i gure 19: Index map of study area in north-central Arizona (USA) Dot indicates sample location along Hunter Creek at junction w ith Sharp Creek; NW1/4, S32, R13E, T11 Non Woods Canyon Quadrangle, Arizona. script. The manuscript was also improved by helpful comments from D .H. Krinsley N .P. James and B.W Sellwood Partial support for this study was received from the Geology Department at Arizona State Uni versity and grant from the Cave Research Founda tion 00 Silicified Mississippian Paleosol Microstructures: Evidence for Ancient Microbial-Soil Associations by Ray Kenny and David H Krinsley Abstract Silica-replaced microfeatures in a well-developed Upper Mississ i ppian paleosol from north-central Ari zona were exam i ned by canning electron microscopy using back-scattered electron imagery. Preserved microfeatures include hollow and solid tubiform fila ments and mycelium-like stringers which radiate from problematic (biogenic?) soil structures Preservation of these features suggest that microstructures in the soil zone are not uniformly destroyed during post diagenetic silica replacement and that biological soil symbionts may have occurred as early as the Upper Mississippian (-280 Mya) (Figure 20). o kilometers lJl1t. . er C "\. .. ... J....... . -'" 1 l'eek ."V Christopher Mountain ( -' Figure 20: Index map of main sample sites (solid dots) along Hunter Creek (north central Arizona, USA). Acknowledgements Supported in part by the Cave Research Foundat i on to Kenny The authors would like to thank P Trusty for ass i stance in the SEM lab and L. P Knauth, K E Neet and B.L. Winter for helpful comments on an early version of the paper The manuscript also benefitted by comments from B Nagy, V .P. Wright W J McHardy D Jones, D .C. Bain J A Raven and T.M. Lehman 00


Evolution of the Appalachian Highlands: Magnetostrati graphy, and Historical Geomor phology of the East Fork Obey River, Fentress County, TN by Ira D. Sasowski Abstract An investigation of the East Fork of the Obey River was made to evaluate the rates of basin evolu tion in the Appalachian Highlands This site i s deeply incised i nto the Western Cumberland Plateau Escarp ment in central Tennessee and possesses an exten sive karst developed in the valley walls and bottom. The hydrology of the site was investigated by field study including water balance, water chemistry, and morphologic inspection of the limestone conduit sys tems Flow records, published reports, cave maps, and dye-trace results were also used. Character of the flow system within the karsted portion of the basin is that of a linked system of conduits, both parallel with and perpendicular to the main valley axis Aban doned valley parallel conduits exist well above the present day flood level. Active conduits exist up to 30 meters below the present day surface channel of the East Fork. Both the tributary and master surface drainages are pirated to the sub-surface upon breach ing the Harstelle Formation In the case of the East Fork itself this situation results in a 10-km reach of stream which is dry except during flood stage This piracy involves all of the flow from a 248 km2 basin area upstream from this sinkpoint. This i s the largest such piracy known in the United States The groundwater geochemistry of the site is al most completely dominated by acid mine drainage (AMD) This contamination originates irl3 coal mining areas within the basin. Although primarily aban doned these sites are still discharging ac i dic waters from spoil piles and deep mines. The neutralization of AMD waters by contact with the underlying lime stones does not occur at a sharp boundary; the acidic character persists far into the karsted rortions of the basin This character is exemplified by Enchanted River Spring, which is the partial resurgence point for the pirated waters of the upper basin of the East Fork Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 29 This limestone conduit discharges waters with pH range of 4 to 6, more acidic than ever before docu mented at a large karst spring The spring waters frequently have a deep turquoise-blue color which apparently is due to the flocculation and precipitation of aluminum hydrox i des as the pH of the waters increases. The present-day chemistry of the waters is not useful for extrapolation of chemical removal rates to the past because of the effects of mining so domi nate the system. The abandoned and active conduits (caves) in the valley walls contain clastic sedimentary fills which were deposited by underground streams. These sediments preserve a depositional remanent magne tization (DRM) which they acquired when they were deposited One pervasive paleomagnetic reversal zone was delineated A paleomagnetic polarity col umn for the caves was constructed revealing that the minimum age of the oldest passages in the basin is 0.91 Ma. Calculation of downcutting rates from this minimum age, and the elevation of the passages above the surface streambed yields a rate of 0 .06 meters / ka This rate compares favorably with rates from another study in the region A new style of cave is recognized and assigned the designation "Cumberland Style." These caves are many of the longest known in Tennessee and occur on the Cumberland Plateau Escarpment. Diagnostic features include valley parallel trunk segments, ex ceptional concordance of trunk passage orientation with minor surface topographic variation, develop ment on the down-dip side of valleys, and develop ment on distinct "levels". Previous theories of cave origin have implicitly assumed that the fractures, faults or open bedding planes along which caves develop are basically an i nherent part of the rock mass caused by tectonic forces associated with previous orogenic events (in the Appalachians Mesozoic or older in age) It is here postulated that valley stress-release fracturing is the major factor influencing cave development in the Cumberland Plateau Escarpment, and that these con trolling fractures are probably no older than Miocene in age Support for the hypothesis is given by data on cave passage orientation, cave occurrence, and bore hole, deep mine, and dam excavations, all of which show that young joints increase in frequency towards an escarpment and align closely with topography It is probably that valley stress-release fractures are important in the formation of caves from many other settings as well.


30 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report Abstract from: Sa::;owski Ira D., 1992, Evolution of the Appalachian High lands : Geochemistry, hydrogeology, cave-sediment Magnetostratigraphy and Historical Geomorphology of the East Fork Obey River, Fentress County, Tennes see : Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, The Pennsylva nia State University, Department of Geosciences, 141 p plus appendices. 00 Origin and Development of Upper Cenozoic Ground-Water Sustained Lakes, Southern Great Plains-Preliminary Findings by S Christopher Caran Abstract From the Late Miocene to the present, discharge from unconfined (water-table) and artesian regional aquifers has sustained lakes and other aquatic envi ronments at sites across the southern Great Plains Perennial lakes persist locally despite an unfavorable arid to semi-arid climate with high evaporation. Ground-water contributions have dominated the hy drologic budgets of these and other lakes in this region throughout the Late Cenozoic This is the central hypothesis of the present research program concerning : (1) the structural (karstic) origin infilling chronology and paleohydrology of selected lacus trine basins; and (2) paleoenvironmental records pre served in the lacustrine deposits Introduction Lacustrine deposits make up most of the strati graphic units composing the Upper Cenozoic section of the southern Great Plains (Caran, 1991) (Figure 21). These deposits fill karstic subsidence basins developed in or above regional aquifers. The Bottom less Lakes of Chaves County New Mexico, are mod ern lakes of this type and serve as a model for the environment of deposition represented by the Miocene through Quaternary lacustrine lithofacies. In vestigation of this modern analog supports a detailed stratigraphic study of 10,000,000 yr of deposition in lacustrine basins across the region, producing one of the longest paleoenvironmental records in continen tal North America Origin and Development of Lacustrine Basins The southern Great Plains is an area of extensive dissolution subsidence (Gustavson and others, 1980). Ground water dissolves Permian evaporites and car bonates at depth, causing collapse of the overburden and gradual or even catastrophic subsidence (Baumgardner and others, 1982). Lakes and other aquatic environments are created when the floors of the surficial depressions drop below the potentiomet ric surface. In those basins inset into unconfined aquifers, this process simply "exposes" the water table; whereas other lakes are maintained by artesian discharge through a leaky aquitard overlying the source aquifer Lacustrine depOSits filling these basins are faulted and folded indicating continual subsidence before, during, and after basin infilling (Caran and Baumgardner, 1990). The Bottomless Lakes Model Dissolution subsidence is particularly pronounced in the Pecos River valley of New Mexico, site of the Bottomless Lakes. These small lakes are cenotes : steep-walled dolines partly filled with ground water. Aquifers discharge into these lakes through collapse chimneys and breccia zones extending to a depth of 100 m. Ground-water contributions greatly exceed surface water inflow (runin) and incident preCipita tion Potential lake evaporation is approximately seven times annual precipitation in this semi-arid region. Runin is also limited by the size of the contrib uting watersheds, which are only 1 9 to 6.6 times the lake-surface areas. DepOSits exposed at the margins of the Bottomless Lakes are fine grained and primarily consist of clayey algal carbonates with invasive gyp sum cement. The Lingos Formation-Ancient Analog? Sedimentary fill and basin geometry of the Bot tomless Lakes is similar in many respects to those of the Late(?) Pleistocene middle Lingos Formation and other formations of the Paducah Group of the western Rolling Plains of Texas (Caran and Baumgardner, 1990). The middle Lingos Formation consists of


lacustrine deposits filling karstic subsidence basins produced by intrastratal dissolution of Permian evapor ites Contributing drainage areas of Lingos lake basins were small and the volume of surface-water inflow was low. As a result these basins received little coarse clastic sediment from the surrounding low-relief terrain. Eolian influx was also minor. Lingos basin fill consists of autochthonous biogenic sedi ment and calcareous clays comparable to deposits within the Bottomless Lakes Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 31 Cenozoic Lacustrine Deposits Lacustrine deposits like those of the Lingos For mation and Bottomless Lakes occupy discrete sub sidence basins across the southern Great Plains and range in age from Late Miocene through Ouaternary These deposits preserve an extensive paleobiota, including fossil vertebrates, ostracods, insects, mol lusks, diatoms, pollen plant fragments, and trace fossils (tracks) The type Clarendonian, Hemphillian Cenozoic S tratigr aphy So uther n G rea t Plains and Adja ce nt Areas ....i '" ., -" o :::;: .I::: U c: o cr: c: o ac: > r. 0E lacustrinE' 'V0 .62 M e H!Jckleberry R,:jge \XXXX !,io ___ 1 1 -&tTI0wiNw&ff r -1--I Ogallala I Group Fm I i 1 .1 I 1 Bridwell Fm. ? ___ L ____ ? ______ 8.1 Ma I l oca l hiatus I ":---1 ",Jilwm.o I '.-' Mbr Couch Fm. I ]l;{Z';;::::"2 ___ 1 _ 1 _______ . .. .. ; .. ,,;: .. ::,J Figure 21. Upper Cenozoic s tratigraphy of the southern Great Pla i ns Shaded symbol s d e note lacustr i ne deposits. Unshaded blocks represent fluvial and / or eolian deposits Vo l canic ash deposits are indicated by rows of Xs Geographic abbreviations : SHP=Southern High Plains ; CHP=Central High Plains ; ECE=Eastern Caprock Escarpment ; R.V .= River Valley ; Pln =Pl ains. Cenozoic stratigraphy of this region is treated in greater detail by Caran (1991)


32 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report and Blancan North American Land-Mammal Faunas were recovered from these lacustrine lithofacies and associated strata. Some of the lacustrine deposits also provide evidence of early man in North America These faunas and cultural remains are important paleoclimatic and biochronologic indicators Addi tional chronologic control is afforded by tephro chronology (seven dated volcanic ash deposits) and magnetostratigraphy Excellent chronologic control, continuous deposition and a 10,000,000 yr compos ite stratigraphic record provide a premier paleo environmental data base R(o'search Applications The current research program explores the origin and development of ground-water sustained lakes, which constitute a newly recognized class among nonmarine depositional environments. Investigations at exposures of Upper Cenozoic lacustrine deposits in the Texas Panhandle and at selected lakes in Texas and New Mexico provide much of the data for this study. Potential benefits of this research include improved understanding of : regional stratigraphy; karstic subSidence, a significant natural hazard ; com partmentalization of regional aquifers as a result of karstic subsidence; ground-water contributions to lake hydrology; and Late Cenozoic paleoenvironment of the southern Great Plains References R W., Jr., Hoadley, A D and Goldstein, A G., 1982, Formation of the Wink Sink, a salt dissolution and collapse feature, Winkler County, Texas: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Report of Investigations No 114, 38 p Caran, S. C., 1991, Cenozoic stratigraphy, Southern Great Pl ains and adjacent areas, in Morrison, R B., ed., Quaternary nonglacial geology, conterminous U.S.: Geological Society of America, Decade of North American Geology, v K-2, Plate 5 (regional correlation chart) Caran, S C., a nd Baumgardner, R W., Jr., 1990 Quatern ary stratigraphy and paleoenvironment of the Texas Rolling Plains : Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 102 no 6, p 768-785. __ 1991 Quaternary geology of the Rolling Plains, in Morrison, R. B., ed., Quaternary nonglc.cial geology, conterminous United States: Geological Society of America, Decade of North American Geology, v. K-2, p 492-497. Gustavson, T. C. Finley, R. J and McGillis, K A., 1980, Regional dissolution of Permian salt in the Anadarko, Dalhart, and Palo Duro basins of the Texas Panhandle: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Report of Investigations No. 106, 40 p 00 Geologic Leveling Survey in Logsdon River, Mammoth Cave by Arthur N Palmer and Margaret V. Palmer In June 1992, the geologic mapping of Mammoth Cave was extended to Logsdon River from the Doyel Valley entrance Approximately 1 km of passage was surveyed with a tripod-mounted surveyor's level (Lietz C-2) and metric rod The instrument had been care fully calibrated at the surface in closed loops, to allow each vertical reading to be adjusted by a correction factor dependent on the length of the shot. The home made segmented rod had a swivel base to prevent embedding into floor sediment while being rotated, and a triangular spiked base that ensured a solid stance. Vertical readings were made to the nearest 0 5 mm. SUUNTO compass bearings and lengths obtained from stadia readings allowed the horizontal coordinates to be calculated. Although there are no closed loops in the survey as yet, loop errors with this system in other caves average about 3 mm/km in the vertical coordinate and about 1-2 m / km in the horizon tal. At each station, vertical measurements were made from the station to the floor, ceiling, geologic features, and water levels (if any) Many thanks to Richard Zopf for running the level instrument and to Rick Olson for operating the compass and rod The survey to date extends upstream to Strange Falls and downstream to the large Amos Hawkins Formation The Doyel Valley drill hole is located in the Fredonia Member of the Ste Genevieve Limestone The Lost River Chert Bed is visible only as a 3-meter-thick zone of scattered nodules in the walls of the route that descends from the borehole to the river. The ceiling of the mapped section of the river passage lies at or just below a thin but persistent chert bed about 3 m below


the Lost River Chert (see Palmer 1981, p 62). The floor extends varied distances into a thick sequence of lenticular chert alternating with limestone and dolo mite (Corydon Chert) This chert lies 5 2-6 7 m below the base of the Lost River Chert and comprises at least part of the floor in most of the surveyed areas The passage shows considerable discordance to all cherts, and although local perching is evident, the overall importance of the chert in determining the passage level is questionable The chief control on the passage seems to be a major bedding-plane parting, which coincides with the uppermost extent of the Corydon Chert The stream has entrenched sev eral meters below this horizon in the downstream parts of the survey. Still farther downstream in the pits that connect with Procter Cave the passage floor lies several tens of meters lower in the section. The surveyed passages occupy the same beds as Bransford East and Mystic River, and many of the lowest stream passages of Roppel and Fisher Ridge Caves The Hawkins Riversump below Procter Cave, is stratigraphically lower than any other point yet observed in the Mammoth Cave System. As with the geologic surveys elsewhere in the cave, one of the major goals was to determine the relationship of the river passage to the geologic struc ture One technique is to contour the elevation of the dominant controlling beds or bedding planes and compare the resulting structural map to the trend of the passage Precise measurements to the dominant parting were difficult because it was deeply recessed into the wall in many places and somewhat irregular in others. Therefore, to prepare the structural map, all stratigraphic measurements were adjusted upward or downward to the top of the thin chert bed between the Lost River and Corydon cherts. This horizon has no particular speleogenetic significance, but it is easily mapped in many parts of the cave. The problem with contouring structural data from cave surveys is that so few nearby passages occupy the same strata. The small-scale irregularities of struc ture that may control passage trends are difficult to determine, since the distribution of data points is so nearly linear The geologic structure would be far clearer if it were possible to crawl off into the solid limestone to examine the beds around the passages, not just within them. The best way to contour structural data is by hand, because one's knowledge of geologic processes can help guide the contours where data points are absent. The easiest and most objective method is to feed all Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 33 the coordinates into a contouring software package Figure 22 shows the structural map of the surveyed part of the river passage drawn by the program SURFER (copyright Golden Software Inc Golden CO). Grid calculations were made with the inverse distance method, one of several statistical routines for contouring. Other choices (e.g., kriging and mini mum curvature) give crudely similar results, but the inverse-distance results most resembled the struc tural features we have mapped in more detail in other parts of the system The contour map shows a northwesterly dip of 5.25 m/km, which is about average for the Mammoth Cave Quadrangle However, the dip is interrupted by a broad gentle structural basin in the vicinity of the Doyel Valley entrance This structure is rather com mon in our mapping data Small basins of this sort appear to be depositional or compactional irregulari ties; the larger ones are caused by tectonic deforma tion There is not enough information here to distin guish between the two Note that the magnitude of the structure is overemphasized by the tiny 20-cm con tour interval. The structural influence on the passage is clear. The original cave-forming water was strongly dip oriented, as shown by the trend down the steepest available component of the dip i n the upstream and downstream segments. Where it flowed into the basin (confined to the guiding bedding-plane parting) ponding occurred, and the down-dip orientation was lost. The main flow path wandered along the axis of the basin for several hundred meters escaped over the northwestern threshold, and then continued on down the dip. Gravity was the main force controlling the flow. The passage was therefore strongly vadose in origin, despite its rathertubularshape Local ponding in structural traps caused deflections from the down dip direction But as the passage began to grow the threshold of the basin (presumably the lowest available outlet for the water) was probably breached very quickly by the stream; but by that time the passage had acquired its basic form and was able to enlarge with only minor concern for geologic structure. The structure imposed its control mainly over the initial flow, and that influence has been inherited by the large passage we see today. It will be instructive to see what happens to the structural interpretation as more of the passage and its tributaries are surveyed Although this interpretat i on is probably valid it is important not to take details of the contour map too seriously. The computer draws contour lines on the


34 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report flow direction .\ \ t N I Logsdon River\. 50 meters tV (l)" cv I ) ()* F i gure 22: Structural contour map of part of Logsdon River Mammoth Cave, showing relationship of passage orientation to loca l dip Structural datum is the top of the thin chert bed below Lost River Chert Bed. Contours were computed with inverse d i stance method from leveling survey data. See text for explanation and cautionary notes. basis of average trends within the data. Lines are able to wander boldly into regions with no data because they are determined by a statistical examination of trends in all the known pOints on the map Real geologic structures do not behave like that. They are controlled by such things as water currents in the original sea and by relative strengths and weak nesses in the rocks during deformation. That is why a hand-drawn contour map, guided by intuition, is usu ally superior to computer-generated ones Reference Palmer, A.N., 1981, A geological guide to Mammoth Cave National Park: Teaneck, N.J., Zephyrus Press, 210 p.


Survey of the Ferns of Selected Lava Tube Entrances in Lava Beds National Monument by Christopher M. Richard, Alan R. Smith, and C Don MacNeill STATEMENT OF PROBLEM The cave-entrance and sink microhabitats in the Lava Beds National Monument (LABE) harbor a re markable fern flora within the Modoc Plateau Fern occurrences are routinely recorded in the CRF Gen eral Cave Resources Inventory, but these data do not record the diversity of fern populations Most inven tory work occurs in winter, when the dominant fern species is dormant and very easily overlooked by persons not specifically trained in fern recognition. Also many fern specimens at the LARE herbarium, and consequently in the Plants of the Lava Beds National Monument Field Checklist (Hathaway, 1985), were misidentified The goals of this study are to produce an accurate survey of the ferns of selected caves in LABE, and to provide instructional materials for fer,l recognition Concomitantly, research specimens have been placed in herbaria at LABE, U.C Berkeley, and the Oakland Museum. METHODS Survey sites were all caves reported to have ferns by prior collections, or reports by staff of LABE or CRF However, Jack William Cave, the site of an earlier Dryopteris arguta collection, remains unreexamined because at the time of our survey no one knew the cave's location. A qualitative survey of each site was made in June 1992. Fern species were photographed in situ and collections of each fern species made The Staff of Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 35 the University Herbarium and the Oakland Museum prepared the collections per standard herbarium prac tice. Specimens were distributed to the participating institutions. Multiple sets of photocopies were made from the collected specimens. ANALYSIS OF FERN SPECIES Adiantum capillus-veneris (Southern maidenhair fern) We found a plant on the north wall of Fossil Cave, about 4 meters above the floor of the cave. This is the first collection of this species in LABE or Siskiyou County This locality is about 240 km north of the nearest known population, which is in Butte County (Smith et al. 1993). The basalt substrate is remark able as typically this fern grows on limestone Chellanthes gracllllma (Lace fern) We found a single clump on the lip of Blue Grotto Cave It is the first record from LABE: however, it is known locally from near Medicine Lake and in the Big Valley Mountains in Modoc County (Smith et al., 1993) Cystopterls fragllis (Fragile fern) It is the most frequently occurring fern in LABE found on the lips of many caves, along the walls of collapse trenches, and in one case (Lava Channel Cave) in sandy soil. However, three specimens from the LABE museum labeled C tragilis were deter mined to be misidentified In fact, they are two Woodsia species. Dryopterls arguta (Coastal wood fern) The only record of this fern from LABE is a speci men in the LABE museum, by an unknown collector, in July 1940, from Jack William Cave The nearest known localities are in Humboldt Co more than 200 km distant (Smith et al., 1993). We were unable to relocate Jack William Cave


36 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report Figure 23: Polystichum munitum and Dryopteris expansa growing in the entrance breakdown area of Fossil Cave in LAaE. (Photo by Christopher Richard) Dryopterls expansa (Spreading wood fern) This species was in the collection at LABE under the obsolete name D austriaca, given by Erhard Presumably the D expansa entry in "Plants of the Lava Beds National Monument Field Checklist" (Hathaway, 1985) represents this specimen This species has not been reported from LABE in the botanical literature (Smith et al., 1993). We collected it at Fossil Cave and Fern Cave. LABE represents a range extension of ca 200 km from the nearest known localities in coastal Humboldt and Del Norte Counties (Smith et al. 1993). Pentagramma triangularis (Goldback fern) Reported by various surveys from Fern, Valen tine, and The Fool Katcher Caves. Nearest known localities are over 100 km to the west (Smith et al., 1993). We found it on the lips of The Fool Katcher and Fern Caves, but did not search at Valentine Cave. Polystlchum munltum (Western sword fern) We collected P. munitum in Chest Cave, where it was the only fern seen, and in Fossil Cave (Figure 23) where it is the most abundant fern, growing lushly to 1 5 m. It was collected at Fern Cave by Erhard (1979), however, we did not find this large species there in 1992 Nearest known site is 120 km to the west (Smith et al., 1993) Woodsls oregsns (Western Cliff Fern) Applegate (1936) collected this species at Fern Cave, misidentifying the specimen deposited at LABE as Cystopteris fragilis. This study found W. oregana at Garden Bridge and Hercules' Leg Caves, and a sur-


face tube near Thunderbolt. We did not find this species growing at Fern Cave, as Applegate had. Woodsia scopulina (Mountain Cliff Fern) Numerous plants were found, still verdant, grow ing in the sink and entrance area of Kirk White Cave, where Erhard (1978) reported it. A search of sur rounding caves and breakdown trenches yielded no other specimens Applegate (1936) collected this spe cies from Lava Cliffs at the south boundary of LABE, misidentifying the specimen deposited at LABE as Cystopteris tragi/is. Summary While our original intent was limited to resolving species identification ambiguities, and providing edu cational materials to CRF and LABE, this study made a significant contribution to the knowledge of fern distributions in California. Three species have been added to LABE s known flora, two by collection, one by redetermination. Two more species have updated synonymy Five species are being newly reported in the primary literature as occurring in LABE; three are range extensions of over 200 km. Since our field survey, two new caves have been discovered to have fern populations Plants have been tentatively identified as Po/ystichum and Dryopteris Jack William Cave, the only known site for D arguta in LABE, has been relocated. We hope to explore these locations in 1993. References Applegate, E.!., 1938, Plants of the Lava Beds National Monument, Amer. MidI. Nat., 19: 334 338. Erhard, D E 1979, Plant communities and habitat type in the Lava Beds National Monument, California, M .S. thesis, Oregon State University Hathaway, 1985, Plants of the Lava Beds National Monu ment field checklist. Smith A.R, MacNeill, C.D., Richard, C M., 1993, Ferns of Lava Beds National Monument, Siskiyou County, Cali fornia, Madrono, in press 00 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annua/ Report 37 Arthropod Communities Asso ciated with Indiana Woodrat Caves by Julian J Lewis The complexity of terrestrial cave communities relies on a number of circumstances including avail ability of food, water, suitable habitat, a source of the fauna itself and interactions between the members of the community In Indiana, the absence of large summer bat colonies or the cave cricket Hadenoecus denies caves rich sources of guano that are present in some caves of adjacent states However, I ndiana lies within the northern part of the range of the Eastern Woodrat Neotoma f/oridana. This docile mammal, also known (perhaps more appropriately) as the Cave Rat or Pack Rat, imports large quantities of material into caves for its nests including items of aesthetic interest to the rat such as gum wrappers, cigarette packages, flash bulbs or bones The woodrat's latrine areas also provide rich oases of nutrients in what would otherwise be barren, food-poor habitats In 1992 Dr. Kenneth Christiansen requested that I attempt to obtain more specimens of an undescribed, troglobitic species of the collembolan Pseudosine/la that I had found at Big Mouth Cave (Harrison County) in the 1970's. The cave's large entrance provides a superb view of both the Ohio River, as well as the entire cave, which is essentially a single breakdown filled room only 117 feet long. Little Mouth Cave, directly above Big Mouth Cave in the river bluffs is highly decorated for its 325 feet of surveyed passage Unknown to me during my visit 20 years prior, Big Mouth and Little Mouth caves are two of only three sites where the woodrat is known to occur in Indiana caves (Black, 1992) With this knowledge in hand, Big Mouth and Little Mouth caves were revisited, along with the third wood rat site, Potato Run Cave. All three of these caves have entrances opening onto forest covered, limestone bluffs None of the caves contain an active stream, although pools of water are present in Little Mouth and Potato Run caves The assemblage of terrestrial arthropods present in these caves was remarkable by Indiana standards. In Potato Run Cave, there is a nearly continuous belt of leaves, sticks, droppings, etc from the entrance to the end of the 127 foot long cave About midway


38 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report through the cave occurs a flowstone bridge on which was a mixture of leaves and rat droppings that had been moistened by seepage. In this area were found numerous of the Pseudosinella along with other collembola Several individuals of the troglobitic mil lipede Pseudotremia indianae were browsing in the leaf litter What was striking about the assemblage, however, was the simultaneous presence of three arachnids : the harvestman Erebomaster, spider Phanetta subterranea and an unidentified pseudo scorpion, possibly Hesperochernes. At Big Mouth cave the fauna also included the troglophilic millipede Cambala minor, psocids and unidentified staphylinid beetles and flies The presence of these relatively complex terres trial arthropod communities in association with woodrat nest sites is an interesting discovery Further work will be conducted to delineate the structure of the communities in these caves Acknowledgements This work was funded by a grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources The following individuals have provided field assistance: Gary Tongate, Adam Tongate, James Lewis, Victor Lewis and Ashley Tilford References Cook, Holly and David Black, editors 1992. 1992 Post Convention Guidebook Harrison Crawford Grotto, 50 pages 00 Baseline Biological Inventory of Caves Near the Hardrock Mineral Prospecting Area, Or egon and Shannon Counties, Missouri by Mick Sutton By the end of 1992, the f i rst phase of this southern Missouri mapping and inventory project was complete (for background see Annual Reports for 1990 and 1991). The study area covered 90 square miles north of the Eleven Point River in Oregon and Shannon Counties Forty-two caves were known within this area and sixteen additional caves were located during the course of the study. Twenty caves had been inventoried for cave fauna previously (Gardner, 1986); nine of these were revisited and thirty additional caves were inventoried. Maps existed for 17 caves; two of these were remapped and 29 others were mapped, ranging in length from 4.5 m to 2.0 km, and totalling 7 2 km of passage. A small but significant portion of the total was previously unentered pas sage Thirty-five JVs took part in the study The study area consists mainly of uplands and upland valleys covered with well-drained oak-hickory forests. The geology and hydrology have been dis cussed in detail by Aley (1975). The terrain is a subsoil fluviokarst consisting of spring-fed rivers sepa rated by uplands mantled with deep residuum and dissected by steep-sided valleys. The surface relief is about 120 m but trunk conduits extend below base level for at least 100 m The surface is underlain by gently dipping dolomites, sandstones, and cherts of Lower Ordovician age. The dolomites crop out as bluffs along the Eleven Point River and its tributaries. The upland valleys carry surface flow only for short periods following rain; most water is transported through the residuum to discrete subsurface chan nels. Groundwater flow does not generally follow surface drainage patterns; some of the groundwater from the study area enters the Eleven Point River via a series of alluviated and gravity springs, but ground water also flows to Big Spring on the Current River. The groundwater channels feed deep trunk con duits which enter the rivers via rise tubes. These enormous vauclusian springs are famous for their size and beauty. Big Spring is one of the largest springs in North America. Greer Spring, the third largest in the Ozarks, is south of the Eleven Point River, but its basin extends north of the river, possibly into the study area. The land surface occasionally intersects groundwater streams in the vadose re gime, giving rise to gravity springs which provide entry points i nto stream caves. The spring branches flow for short distances before the water sinks again into the alluvium, which bars access into the downstream conduits Other vadose channels have been inter sected by the Eleven Point, giving access to stream caves feeding short spring branches which flow di rectly into the river. Other caves are hydrological relicts, left high and dry by diversion of the waters which once flowed through them Some of these have been re-invaded by secondary streams


Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 39 The caves are generally simple dendritic stream networks with only modest vertical developmentthe largest vertical range is 43 m in Kelly Hollow Cave (Kelly Hollow Cave is a special case, where a typical upland cave stream is entered not through a spring, but partway along its course-the downstream end is blocked with gravel) Three-dimensional complexity is generally lacking, and overlapping passage levels are rare An exception is Barrett Spring Cave (Figure 24), which is structurally complex, with two or three superimposed levels Chert beds interspersed with the massive dolomites control passage elevations. Falling Spring, which cascades from 6 m up a bluff, is a good example-the entire cave is held up on a 1 m thick bed of chert. Most chert beds are thinner and generally form the lips of small cascades within the caves. Structural control of passage orientation is common as indicated by linear passage segments with abrupt bends; many passages a r e developed along joints or possibly faults. But the majority of passages are developed along bedding plane part ings; Falling Spring, with many high-amplitude mean der loops is a striking example Some of the dry caves lack a dark zone Many of these are small shelters, probably formed along bed ding planes by high-water from creeks or rivers; oth ers are fragments of small abandoned channels Many of them are high on the hillsides. The caves house twilight zone fauna but can also include cave adapted taxa-Tusher Hill Cave for example is the only known site for a new troglobitic pseudoscorpion The dry caves may house complex decomposer commu nities sometimes including rare cave-adapted taxa such as the two species of troglophilic spider found in Many Springs Cave There may also be drip pools containing amphipods. A few caves have intermittent streams ; these do not have usually have aquatic communities but the intermittent streams could be an effective conduit for introduc ing pollutants The ter restrial communities may be highly Significant as in the case of a gray bat maternity colony in Thrasher Ford Cave Most of the cave streams probably originate in cryptic sinkholes buried in the residuum. The s i nks receive diffuse i nput water from the overlying re siduum and are not open enough to allow the input of coarse material. As a result, almost all of the streams are low in nutrients and aquatic communit ies are sparse and highly cave adapted A small but interest ing class of stream caves are sub valley drains en tered through intermittent rise tubes, with passages in transition from phreatic to vadose flow regimes They are subject to frequent flooding and fine sediments predominate. At least two caves south of the river, Dead Man and Greer Spring may represent outputs from deep, permanently flooded channels Another interesting class are stream p i racy caves which provide short cuts through dra i nage divides Clear examples are Cropper Statue and Blowing Spring Caves. In each case the far thest humanly penetrable point is directly below the bed of a dry valley tributary to the stream into which the spring de bouches Habitats and Communities o r a ,*. r A1t ?', =.. : '",-.;..: .'-...... The cave communit i es are based on the decomposition of introduced materials The bases of the food chains are micro bial but the ident i fication of fun gal and bacterial material were beyond the scope of this study The presence of filamentous (bacterial?) mats was occasion ally observed in streams, where their presence indicates an Figure 24: Entrance to Barrett spring. (Photo by Mick Sutton)


40 Cave Research Foundat i on 1992 Annual Report aquatic env i ronment more nutrient enriched than nor mal. Fungal mycelia and fruiting bodies were com monly observed on all sufficiently moist organic materi als especially wood and dung Twilight Zone-Although these communities usu ally consist of species not especially adapted to cave life there are i mportant exceptions The federally listed Indiana bat is critically dependent on twilight zones with cold-trap configurations No such caves are known within the study area, but two candidate sites need to be examined in winter. Big brown bats also hibernate in cool twilight zones Mosquitos shel ter in the twilight zone of every cave examined, and C e uthophilus sp cave crickets are common. Less fr e quently encountered are terrestrial isopods (wh ich include somewhat cave adapted species). terrestrial snails heleomy zid flies noctuid moths and pip istr elle s The eastern wood rat, a species on the Missouri watch list, is dependent on the twilight zone. A great deal of wood and leaf litter is introduced by the s e animals supporting a decomposer community f e aturing non cave-adapted springtails Input of dung is provided by wood rats, raccoons and other mam malian visitors. The guano decomposer communities resemble tho s e of the de e p cave but have fewertroglobites (e. g Oxidus gracilis millipedes rather than Tingupa pal/ida), and have a richer diversity of predato s including a ccidental or trogloxenic species such as histerid beetles and agelenid spiders The most prominent v erte brate predator, feeding primarily on flies, is the cave salamander-although this spec ies is found in deep cave sites the twilight zone appears to be its primary habitat. Free-flowing streams within the twi light z one typically have troglophilic amphipods, usu a lly Crangony x forbesi, a species which e x tends some way into the dark zone Salamanders and their larvae are often s een, and epigean isopods (Lirceus sp ) are occasionally found Dark zone-Terrestrial : This is by far the most e x t e nsive habitat consisting of bedrock walls and ceilings, and floors which are generally covered with fine sedim e nts The humidity is uniformly high The h a b i tat is extremely patchy Free-ranging cavernicoles occur at very low densities throughout, with decom poser communities localized around discrete food s ources Species using the dark zone primarily for shelter include pipistrelles widely distributed but much more common in some caves than in others cave crickets and heleomyzid flies Crickets are more common in the twilight zone heleomyzids more com mon in the dark zone but neither extend far into the dark zone. Pickerel frogs shelte r in both aquatic and te rrestr ial habitat. The main food supplies are dung from raccoons and other mammalian visitors, wooden debris intro duced by beavers (and to a lesser extent humans) and gray bat guano from colonies which inhabit three caves. Beaver activity in caves has rarely been com mented on but they are a highly significant factor in the ecology of caves within the study area, and prob ably throughout the Ozarks. Rarer localized food sources include corpses. Pipistrelles and cave crick ets introduce small quantities of unlocalized guano. Localized food sources may be extensive, as in the case of gray bat guano piles, or raccoon latrine areas Decomposer community species appear to be generalists; the same mix of species occurs in both dung and wooden debris The clearest distinction was that the common fungus beetle Ptomophagus cavernicola was far more likely to be collected from dung and carrion than from wood Fung i vores form the base of the invertebrate food chain. These include Oribatid mites and a wide variety of springtails, includ ing common surface forms, the troglophiles Foisomia candida Arrhopalites pygmaeus and Tomocerus flavescens, and troglobites such as the rare Pseudosinel/a espana and undescribed species of Onychiurus Larger detritus feeders usually include the troglobitic millipede Tingupa. pal/ida, the troglophilic fungus beetle Ptomophagus cavernicola the tiny troglobitic fly Spelobia tenebrarum, an unidenti fied phorid fly sciar i d fungus gnats and various fly larvae Somewhat wider ranging but usually seen in the vicinity of food sources are troglobitic diplurans The predators include an interesting assemblage of mites from the families Laelapidae, Parasitidae, and Rhagidiidae, the pseudoscorpion Hesperochernes occidentalis, the small rove beetle Atheta troglophila occasional larger rove beetles, Quedius erythrogaster and rove beetle larvae The predatory fungus-gnat larva Macrocera nobilis builds webs in the general vicinity of food sources. Larger wide ranging preda tors are the cave, grotto, and long-tailed salamanders Of these the primary dark zone terrestrial predator is probably the troglobitic grotto salamander It com petes with the cave salamander, which overlaps from the tw i light zone into deep cave sites The gray bat guano communities are distinctive, consisting of a variety of fungivorous mites of the groups Oribatida Laelapidae, Dithinozerconidae and Pygmephoridae large numbers of fungus gnat larvae


of the family Sciaridae, and lower numbers of troglo philic springtails (Arrhopa/ites pygmaeus). The most conspicuous predator was the pseudoscorpion Hes perochernes o ccide nta lis present in far larger num bers than in other organic material. A correlation between gray bat caves and grotto salamander popu lations has been observed elsewhere (e.g. Johnson, 1987), but this seems not to be the case within the study area Grotto salamanders, although present in the gray bat caves, are not especially prevalent there, while the largest population of grotto salamanders was in a small non-bat cave, Dobbs Spring. Dark Zone-Aquatic: Most of the cave streams have low levels of nutrients and the communities consist of small numbers of a few cave adapted species Even within these limitations, the community makeups are remarkably diverse. Like the terrestrial habitat, the stream habitat is patchy; within the same stream, superficially similar riffles or pools may have very different population densities. The most prevalent detritivore is the troglobitic isopod Caecidotea antricola, a common Ozark en demic present in almost all of the stream caves. Troglobitic amphipods (Stygobromus onondagaensis or a closely related undescribed species) are very sparse but widespread; both these species are Ozark endemics of limited range, and are on the Missouri Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 41 Cave is noteworthy for its exceptionally large popula tion of long-tailed salamanders Other species may be added to this mix. The tiny troglophilic snail Fontigens aldrichi appears in two streams. Large omnivores and predators respec tively the crayfish Cambarus hubrichti and the south ern cave fish Typhlichthys subterraneus are found at some sites Both species usually inhabit deeper pools Some of the streams with fish or crayfish are enriched with bat guano (Dead Man, Turner Spring) while others (Greer Spring, Falling Spring, Posy Spring (Figure 25)) are not. Interesting nutrient enriched streams occur in the two Adams Caves, where small streams are almost choked with beaver den debris, leading to an aquatic community based on large numbers of troglophilic amphipods and much smaller numbers of troglobitic isopods, together with large populations of salamander larvae and predatory div ing beetles (Agabus sp ) Drip Pools which are isolated from stream chan nels occasionally contain troglobitic amphipods, usu ally Stygobromus onondagaensis or n .sp. but in two cases a rare undescribed species of Bactrurus was found. Most of the pools were tiny with often only a single amphipod present. Presumably, the amphi pods are entering the cave via the feeder drips from overlying flooded or partly flooded channels. This watch list. Amphipods and iso pods were observed far more often in the short stretches of rocky and gravelly riffles than in pools with finer sediments. Am phipods were occasionally ob served in mud or sand bottomed pools, where they can escape predation by burrowing, including predation by cave biologistshence, their presence in this habi tat may be understated. The troglobitic amphipods are con fined to deep cave sites Near entrance communities mayor may not include the troglophilic amphipod Crangonyx forbesi. These extend into the dark zone, but do not penetrate farther than 50 m or so upstream from an entrance. The principle preda tors are salamander larvae and adults, primarily long-tailed sala manders. Salamander numbers vary greatly ; Walters Spring Figure 25: Entrance to Posy Spring Cave, Oregon Co., Missouri (Photo by Mick Sutt;)n).


42 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report habitat is evidently not continuous, since in any par ticular cave only one of the three species turns up in the drip pools. Cropper Cave has a unique stream community which includes troglobitic crayfish and banded sculpins, a fish which appears to be some what cave adapted Environmental Concerns Of major concern is the potential for damage to the groundwater quality in one of the most highly karstic areas in Missouri. If the present round of mineral exploration leads to lead and zinc mining, cave ecosystems might be threatened in several ways Spills of lead ore and toxic ore processing chemicals could result in rapid contamination of subsurface s treams Mine dewatering activity can readily disrupt natural flow patterns, draining some channels and overloading others with water which may contain high levels of toxins. It is difficult to envision a failure-proof tailings pond within the study area, since all of the upland valleys are drained by subsurface channels into which water flows via cryptic sinks filled with coarse alluvium Failure of the bottom of a tailings pond would result in massive siltation of aquatic habitat, and long-term contamination with metals Sinkhole collapses in karstic region::.; have been correlated with mine dewatering; for example, several catastrophic collapses and many subsidences were recorded in association with gold mining in Far West Rand, South Africa, in an area underlain by a thick residuum mantle on top of dolomite interbedded with chert, a setting strikingly similar to the study area. (Brink et aI, 1969) Amongst other deleterious effects, the potential for sinkhole collapse threatens a rare, biologically important karstic feature-the sinkhole pond The potential for damage is especially high be cause the general area overlies the major trunk con duits of the largest subterranean rivers in Missouri, and probably in North America The geological factors (which probably include deep-seated, long-range frac ture zones) that have permitted the development of this unique concentration of trunk groundvnter streams may also provide ready paths for the inlroduction of contaminants into those streams While the trunk rivers are of concern, the other end of the hydrological system is at least as important. Culver & Fong (1991) note that ''from an ecological perspective, the entire upstream portion of a drainage needs protection to minimize chances of extinction due to groundwater contamination. From an evolutionary perspective the entire drainage system needs protection in order to maintain the integrity of the gene pool. Implications for cave protection include increased emphasis on upstream sections of cave drainages ... and increased emphasis on aquifer protection Although the threat to the terrestrial habitat is less immediate, it cannot be discounted. For example, bats foraging over tailings ponds might be prone to lead uptake from ingesting contaminated insects. If industrialization leads to a human population increase, increased cave visitation may result. The caves are in generally good to excellent condition, largely be cause they are remote from population centers, are not well known, and have not received much visita tion. Those caves such as Kelly Hollow which are better known are suffering the usual effects of vandal ism .. Acknowledgements Agencies cooperating in this project were the Mark Twain National Forest, U. S Environmental Protection Agency, U. S Fish and Wildlife Service, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri Depart ment of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Conservation, and Missouri Speleological Survey, Inc Major funding was provided by the Mark Twain National Forest; additional funding was provided by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and the Missouri Speleological Survey References Aley, T., 1975 A predictive model for evaluating the effects of land use and management on the quantity and quality of water from Ozark springs; Final Report, USFS Contract #05-1277; reprinted in Missouri Speleology 18 : 1 -185 (1978) Brink, A.B., J .E. Jennings, & J F Quinlan, 1969 Catastrophic sinkholes in an urban area of South Africa: origin and detection of development (abstract); NSS Bull 31: 48. Culver, D C & D W Fong, 1991. Protecting aquatic cave species: questions of scale (abstract); NSS BUll 39. Gardner, J.E 1986. Invertebrate Fauna from Missouri Caves and Springs Missouri Department of Conservation Johnson, T., 1987 The amphibians and reptiles of Missouri; Missouri Department of Conservation, Jefferson City, MO; 269 pp. 00


Observations on the Distribution and Ecology of Antroselates spira/is in Southern Indiana by Julian J Lewis and Ann Marie Lewis In 1963 Leslie Hubricht described the troglobitic snail Antroselates spira lis from specimens collected at Echo River Spring in Mammoth Cave National Park (MCNP) Besides the type-locality, this species was also listed from Echo River in Mammoth Cave a cave and spring in Cedar Sink (MCNP) and Sibert s Well Cave Crawford County, Indiana In 1992 we received funding from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to invest igate the occurrence of Antroselates spiralis in Indiana for possible addition of the snail to the state s list of threatened and endangered species. This study in cluded two parts: (1) bimonthly census of the Sibert's Well Cave stream community to establish the popula tion level of the snail and (2) reconnaissance of other Indiana caves and springs in search of other popula tions of the snail. Sibert's Well Cave is found at the base of the ridge containing the much larger Wyandotte Cave. The cave is entered by climbing down an old stone well casing about ten feet deep At the bottom, ducking into the cave gives access at about the midpoint of 300 feet of stream passage. The passage ranges from belly crawl to walking height in size. The cave contains the largest stream known under Wyandotte s ridge, but the stream is only a fraction of the size of the snail s habitat in Echo River. A section of the stream downstream from the entrance was chosen for study because it lies beyond a short belly crawl which discourages casual disturbance of t h a area. The stream in the census area is typically about six feet wide and up to a foot deep The stream floor is comprised of clay and pebbles, about a dozen larger (greater than 12 inches in length) pieces of break down and nu merous smaller ones Downstream a few hundred feet from the enterable passage the stream emerges from a spring on the edge of the Blue River (Figure 26). The enterable cave passage lies approxi mately 100 feet from the edge of the sewage field receiving waste from the Wyandotte Cave's visitor center on the ridge above (Figure 27). Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 43 ., '1 .. \ Figure 26 : The entrance to Sibert's Well Cave on 26 December 1992 The forest opening located about 100 feet beyond the entrance is the sewage treatment f i eld for Wyandotte Cave state Recreation Area (Photo by J. Lewis). Table 1 lists the results of four community cen suses that have been conducted since the beginning of the project in October 1992 Two censuses in Sibert's Well Cave have been performed and have revealed a community which is numerically dominated by the isopod Caecidotea stygia, with Antroselates spiralis present in smaller numbers Other species present are the cave fish Amblyopsis spelaea cave crayfish Orconectes inermis, an undescribed amphipod Crangonyx sp., an unidenti-


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Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 45 "..,// ?' Figure 29: The stream passage in Sibert's Well Cave. The undersides of pieces of breakdown i n the stream pools of this small cave is the preferred habitat of Antrose/ates spira/is. (Photo by J Lewis) Acknowledgments This study has been funded by a grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Field assistance by the following individuals is gratefully acknowledged : Hank Huffman (IDNR), Roger Gleitz (Wyandotte Caves State Recreation Area), David Black, James Lewis, Victor Lewis and Ashley Tilford References Hubricht, Leslie 1963. New Species of Hydrobiidae Nautilus, 76(4) : 138 140. Table 1: Results of census of cave streams In Mammoth Cave, Sibert's Well Cave and Wyandotte Cave. Amb/yopsis Orconectes Caec i dotea Antrose/ates Cottus Crangonyx Sibert's Well Cave (20 foot transect) 10/7/92 1 1 58 8 2 o 1217192 2 1 28 5 2 1 Wyandotte Cave C r awfish Spring (18 5 foot transect) 11/5/92 0 30 --37 Echo River, Mammoth Cave (20 foot transect) 10/9/92 0 0 30 17 - a zero indicates that the species is known to be present i n the habitat, but was not present at the time of census unidentified female of an epigean species.


46 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report Cave Research Archaeological Project by Patty Jo Watson Current archaeological research in Salts Cave and Mammoth Cave is focused upon extending the radiocarbon chronological framework while also re fining our knowledge of the early agricultural system developed and maintained by the preh i storic popula tien who first explored the world's longest cave (see 1&31 CRF Annual Report and also Mary Kennedy's summary in the November 1992 CRF Newsletter, pp. 3-4) During the 1992 Labor Day Expedition, four of us (M. Kennedy D Kluth, E. Monroe, P Watson) col lected 12 human paleofecal specimens for AMS dat ing and several other analyses The localities were chosen to maximize our understanding of when indig enous people first entered the cave, which portions of the system were explored at what times, and when they ceased exploring and working there (Table I). The paleofecal specimens were photographed in situ by Dave Kluth then were taken to Washington University where they were photographed again (in color and black-and-white one by one, portrait-style) by Fusun Ertug (Figures 30 and 31), before a small portion was removed from each one for AMS dating. The small samples destined for dating were examined by paleo-ethnobotanist Gayle Fritz and biologist Jacky Ng (and, in two cases, manually cleaned of mold by Ng) Members of the Mammoth Cave National Park Division of Science and Resource Management (Jeff Bradybaugh, Chief; Bob Ward, Cultural Resource Specialist) are collaborating with us, and will finance two of the dates The rest of the determinations will be paid for by the CRF Archaeological Project with funds Table 2: Radiocarbon samples being processed at NSF-Arizona, Tucson. Lab No. Field No. Location AA10079 MCF #1 a (with mold) Wrights Rotunda AA10080 MCF #1 b (without mold) Wrights Rotunda AA10081 MCF #2 Black Chambers AA10082 MCF #3A Jessup Avenue AA10083 MCF #4 Ganter avenue AA10084 MCF #5 Ganter Avenue AA10085 MCF #6 Lower Ganter AA10086 SCF #1 Middle Salts AA10087 SCF #2 Upper Salts AA10088 SCF #3 Upper Salts AA10089 SCF #4 a (with mold) Upper Salts AA10090 SCF #4 b (without mold) Upper Salts AA10091 SCF #5 Neville Passage AA10092 SCF #6 Middle Salts MCF = Mammoth F eces SCF = Salts Cave Feces


Figure 30 : Paleofecal specimen from Wr i ght's Rotunda, Mammoth Cave (Photo by F Ertug) from Washington University and from a contribution to the Project by a private donor Olga Munsterman All dating is being carried out at the University of Arizona NSF-AMS facility In addition to the dating program several other analyses aimed at elucidating Terminal Archaic / Early Woodland plant cultivation will take place Each specimen will be bisected by Ohio State University paleoethnobotanist Kristen Gremillion and half of each specimen will be curated as a contr o l and voucher sample. The other halves will be analyzed for macrobotanical remains by Gremillion for parasites by Charles Faulkner (University of Tennessee), for pollen by Kristin Sobolik (University of Maine) and for hormone chemistry by Patricia Whitten (Emory Uni versity) Other activity of CRF Archaeological Project per sonnel (G. Crothers, M Kennedy P Watson) during 1992 involved consulting and physical support to the photo crew working on the National Geographic Soci ety TV special, Mysteries Undergrou n d Crothers Watson, and Kennedy are also cooperating with Jeff Bradybaugh Bob Ward and Ken Tankersley (Illinois State Museum) on an Earthwatch NPS collaborative project to document and inventory archaeological remains in Mammoth Cave. Once adequate and Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 47 F i gure 31: Paleofecal specimen from cut-a r ound nea r Dismal Valley junction Salts Cave. (Photo by F. Ertug) efficient techniques are devised and implemented by the Earthwatch project, they should be applied to all other parts of the system where archaeological remains are present. 00 Search for the Copperas Cave of Mummies, Tennessee by Angelo I. George During the pioneer era before 1815 caves out of economic necessity were exploited for saltpeter alum epsom salts copperas and gypsum In the course of soil excavation ; giant Pleistocene bones Indian skel etons, mummies and artifacts were aCCidently un earthed Never again would discoveries of this nature in so great a frequency and in this quantity be made in caves of the mid west.


48 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report One of these caves ''was the vast limestone cav ern in Tennessee" (Flint, 1826, p. 126), called Cop peras Cave that produced two Indian mummies on September 2, 1810 (Cassedy, 1810). By about the same time in the following year, many human Bodies have also been found in the Nitre Caves of the Cumberland Mounta i ns similar to that of the Child" mummy just discovered from Short Cave in Kentucky (Clifford 1811 in George 1990, p. 68) Copperas Cave would produce six or more mummies prior to 1815 (Cassedy 1810 ; Fisk, 1820; and Haywood 1823) Archaeologically this nationally prominent cave is probably one of the most important human burial s i tes in context with per i shable grave goods made dur ing the Speculative Period (1661-1847) Search for ttle Caney Fork Copperas Cave site is the subject of the present investigation. Marion O Smith (1988, p 4) suspected Copperas Cave was actually Johnson Cave a known saltpeter site in Copper Cave Hollow of DeKalb County. This was the first attempt in 178 years to identify this important mummy cave to a spec i fic recognizable site! The cave entrance was flooded with the con struction of Center Hill Lake Dam in 1948. Smith used the second earliest location for the cave as situated in Warren [County] . on . the Cany [sic. ] fork of Cumberland r i ver, 10 miles below the falls (Cassedy 1810 in Miller, 1812 p 147). Charles Cassedy the antiquarian, had not yet visited the site ; and he con sidered the information supplied by his informant to be of spurious worth (Cassedy 1829). Using straight line direction from the Great Falls brings one to the head of Copper Cave Hollow Geographic descriptions for Copperas Cave are s8' /eral whole orders better than those available to target the early location of Mammoth Cave Kentucky Copperas Cave was well known to the pioneers at a time period when scarce road maps were nothing more than straight lines connecting towns Without accurate maps, distance recl

D. T Maddox (1813, p.17S) firstto usethe place name Big Bone Cave; says, "the road leading to it, terminates in the angle of two mountains, forming as itwere, the fQQ1 andill1QJ..e.[sic. ] of the great Cumberland range; in the ancle [sic ] of which yawns the mouth of the hideous cavern He mentions the sun was setting in the west and was shining directly into the entrance opening This is essentially the same kind of descrip tion used by Cassedy (1829) Although Cassedy's cave entrance is not "a few hundred yards of the bank of the Caney Fork." More like two miles northwest of the cave entrance as reported by Anonymous (1809). The entrance is within 400 feet of a small sinking stream On-site inspection verifies the geographic descriptions of Anonymous (1809) and Cassedy (1829) as the main entrance to Big Bone Cave. For years the Copperas Cave site and its mum mies was considered to be a separate locality. Com parative geographic analysis suggest Copperas Cave to be the earliest place name for Big Bone Cave in present day Van Bruen County, Tennessee. References Anonymous, 1809 "Important Discovery Farmer's Re pository, (Charlestown, Virginia), October 27,1809, p. 1. Anonymous, 1821 "Big Bone and Arch Caves." Village Record, (Westchester, Pennsylvania), August 8,1821. [Charles Cassedy], 1810 Western Chronicle, (Columbia, Tennessee), November 17, p. 2 Reprint from the Review. Cassedy, Charles, 1829. "Western Ar;tiquities. The Delaware Patron, (Delaware, Ohio), 9 (24). Reprint from the Nashville Republican. Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 49 Clifford,JohnD. 1811. LettertoBenjaminS.Barton,dated September 4, 1811 in Angelo I. George, ed., Prehis toric Mummies from the Mammoth Cave Area: Founda tions and Concepts. George Publishing Company, Lou isville, Kentucky, 1990, p 67-68 Fisk, Moses, 1820 Conjectures Re s pecting the Ancient inhabitants of North America Archaeologia Americana, Transactions and Collections of the American An tiquarian Society, 1 :303-305,307. Fli nt Timothy 1826. Recollections of the Last Ten Year s in the Valley of the M i ssiss ippi. in George R. Brooks, ed., Southern Illinois University Press 1968 George, Angelo I., ed., 1990 Prehistoric Mummies from the Mammoth Cave Area: Foundations and Concepts George Publishing Company, Louisville Kentucky Haywood John, 1823 The Natural and Aboriginal History of Tennessee Printed by George W ils on, Na s h vil le Tennessee. Maddox, D. T., 1813-1814. Big Bone Cave Niles Weekly Register-Supplement to Vol. V p 175-176 Letterdated August 17 1813 Miller, Pleasant M., 1812 Preservat i on of Human Bodies in a Cave, in Tennessee : in a Letter from Pleasant M Miller, Esq. of Knoxville, dated May 1 st, 1811. Medical Repository, 3 : 147-148 Rhea, Matthew, 1832. Map of the State of Tenne ssee, taken from su r vey. Engr ave d by H. S. Tanner E B. Dawson and J. Knight Phil a de l ph ia Smi th, Marion 0 .,1988. His toric Floo ded C aves of DeKalb County Tennessee: Copperas and Franks. Journalof Spelean History 22 (2) : 4-6. 00


50 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report CC[K\[F Each academic year, the Cave Research Foundation sponsors a Karst Fellowship competition supported by the CRF Endowment Fund The Foundation may award as much as $6000 distributed among one or more Karst Research Fellowships and as one or more Grants for graduate research in karst-related fields of study. The truly exceptional proposal may receive a Karst Research Fellowship (limit $3500 00); meritorious proposals that do not receive a Karst Research Fellowship may receive one or more Karst Research Grants, in amounts less than $2000.00, awarded to qualified students in the natural or social sciences. Proposals are screened by a committee of scientists, some of whom may also serve on the CRF Science Committee and some of whom may not be affiliated with the Cave Research Foundation These judges seek promising or innovative topics, supported by evidence that the student has command of the literature and of the methodology. Proposals are judged on the basis of relevance and timeliness, technical quality of the proposal, and use of resources The Fellowship program cycles in phase with the academic year. In September, an announcement of the competition is mailed to graduate departments nationwide. This document specifies the requirements and deadlines for applications, including the contents of the proposal package The deadline for receipt ofthe proposal and all supporting documents including letters of reference is January 31. Awards are made between mid-April and late May, depending on the efficiency of the reviewers and the Chairman of the Science Committee. The Foundation attaches but two strings to its awards: (1) Each year until the study is completed, the awardee prepares a summary or progress report of the research for publication in the CRF Annual Report, and (2), upon publication, that the Foundation be acknowledged as a supporter of the research In 1992, the Cave Research Foundation received 9 proposals Of these, one proposal was awarded a Fellowship and two proposals received Grants. A total of $6,000 .00 in awards was distributed. The recipient of the award, the recipient's graduate school, the title of the proposal and a synopsis of the research are given below for each funded proposal. 1. For his proposed research entitled "Investigation of a chemoautotrophic ground water ecosystem In southern Dobrogea, Romania", Mr. Serban Sarbu, Department of Biology, University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, Ohio, 54221-0006, is awarded a 1992 CRF Karst Fellow ship in the amount of $3000 .00. Mr. Sarbu's research addresses a chemoautotrophic cave environment in Romania, where studies indicate that cave-dwelling microorganisms are using thermomineral waters rich in hydrogen sulfide as a fundamental life-supporting energy source, in contrast to the "normal" karst ecosystem where transport of carbon under ground constitutes the fundamental pro cesses underlying the food chain 2 For his proposed research el : titled "An analysis of the speciation process In cave spiders of the genus Nesticus ", Mr. Marshall C. Hedin, Department of Biology, Washington University, St Louis, Missouri, 63130-4899, is awarded a 1992 CRF Karst Research Grant in the amount of $2 000 .00.


Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 51 Mr. Hedin's research addresses the nesticid spiders of the Appalachian region. These organisms are a recently diverged, diverse lineage affording sound prospects for studying speciation from geographic and populational contexts and perspectives Inferences will be drawn from comparative analyses of the amount, rate of change, and the geographic pattern of genetic variation as indicated by mitochondrial DNA and nuclear DNA genetic systems 3. For his proposed research entitled "Karstic subsidence and the origin of groundwater sustained lakes-upper Cenozoic of the southern Great Plains", Mr. S Christopher Caran, c/o University of Texas at Austin, Department of Geological Sciences (51640) P.O. Box 7909, Austin, Texas, 78713-7909, is awarded a 1992 CRF Karst Research Grant in the amount of $1000 .00. Mr. Caran's research addresses a system of heretofore poorly understood lakes sustained by groundwater where karstic subsidence ascribable to intrastratal dissolution of Permian evaporites is an important process driving the evolution of the region's geomorphology; these processes span from the Late Miocene to present. The Science Committee and the Board of Directors of the Cave Research Foundation congratulate each recipient and wish them a speedy and successful quest with their outstanding karst-related research. Research summaries and progress reports authored by these recipients and reports by other CRF investiga tors are published elsewhere in this volume Please refer to those summaries for a perspective on the diverse scientific activities of the Foundation and feel free to contact the respective authors (see addresses of contributors, this volume) to obtain additional details concerning their research. 00


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Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 53 Figure 32 : Mike Horsley in Pruett Saltpeter Cave, Warren County, Kentucky. (Photo by Chris Groves) (See article on saltpeter, page 55).


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Saltpeter Industry* by Stanley D. Sides Saltpeter, as potassium nitrate was commonly known to the settlers of Kentucky was-like common salt (sodium chloride)-a chemical vital for their sur vival. Just as the preservation of food depended on common salt production of gunpowder required salt peter derived from calcium nitrate found i n dry caves and rockshelters Since both chemicals were difficult to transport pioneers made good use of Kentucky s natural sources of both. Monk Estill a slave, was one of Kentucky s first manufacturers of saltpeter, which he supplied to Fort Boonesborough and Estill Station for gunpowder as early as 1780. By 1805 twenty-eight saltpeter caves and rockshelters were being mined in Kentucky The first scientific description of Kentucky saltpeter pro duction was a paper read in Philadelphia in 1806 by Samuel Brown M D professorof chemistry, anatomy and surgery at Transylvania University His subject was Great Saltpeter Cave in Rockcastle County, where saltpeterwas produced by leaching calcium nitrate, or niter, from dry soil. Saltpeter production reached its peak during the War of 1812 when a blockade of U S ports under the B r itish embargo of 1807 cut off imports of saltpeter from India The resulting inflat i on in the price of saltpeter encouraged the exploration of many caves and rock shelters. Mammoth Cave was among the most important sources of saltpeter in Kentucky Af ter Mammoth Cave and the adjacent Dixon Cave were identified as saltpeter sources in 1799 ownership changed frequently as the value of saltpeter increased By 1808, saltpeter was being produced using wooden V vats at the entrance to Mammoth Cave. Large square vats were later constructed at Booth's Amphitheater and the Rotunda of the calle Log pipes carried water into the cave to leach calcium nitrate from the soil and the mother liquor leachate was pumped to the surface, treated with wo) d ashes and boiled in large iron kettles near the cave entrance to cause the saltpeter to crystallize Production de clined after 1811, when the soil conta i ning niter was depleted, and the works were damaged by the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812 Statewide, Ken tucky production topped 300,000 pounds of saltpeter in1812. Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 55 Imports of saltpeter resumed after the end of the war and the price fell from a high of one dollar per pound to fifteen cents per pound Saltpeter works in the caves were abandoned and further production in Kentucky went for local consumption Today, 133 Kentucky caves and six rockshelters have been i den tif ied as former saltpeter mines Tours at both Mam moth Cave and Saltpeter Cave in Carter Caves State Resort Park allow vis i tors to study the remains of saltpeter works preserved for close to two hundred years. See Burton Faust, "The History of Saltpetre Min ing in Mammoth Cave Kentucky ," FCHQ41 (1967): 5-20,127-40 227-62 323-52 ; Carol A Hill and Duane DePaepe Saltpeter Mining in Kentucky Caves," Reg ister 77 (Fall 1979): 247 62. *This article appears in The Kentucky Encyclope dia (1992), which was published in honor of the state of Kentucky's 200th anniversary Reference S ides Stanley D., 1992. Saltpeter Industry in The Ken tucky Encyclopedia University of Kentucky Press Lex ington, KY, p. 794 00


56 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report The Hamilton Valley Project* by Mel Park and Red Watson For decades, CRF has been seeking a location for a permanent headquarters. Through the financial generosity of a few longtime JVs we have taken a good first step toward making this a reality. Our beginning days were on Flint Ridge We are already well on our way toward settling now permanently on Flint Ridge. At the end of 1992, the Foundation purchased some 200 acres of land that encompasses Hamilton Valley, just east of the Salts Cave Entrance. The vulley is one of the most beautiful in the region. Everyone who has seen it has fallen in love with it. The valley overlies part of Salts Cave and is an important part of the Pike Spring drainage. On the southwestern border of the property is a projection of sandstone-capped highland. This knoll provides an extraordinary building site with one of the finest views of karst landscape in the world. CRF is building there our national headquarters and a karst field research station. The building project is conceived in two parts : first, construction of a Central Kentucky Karst Field Station, and second, expansion of the facilities to serve as CRF National Headquarters and Karst Research Center. The first phase consists of three buildings a main building and two bunkhouses. An architect-Rod Henmi of St. Louis-has already designed these facilities The main building includes a common room 42x20 feet that will serve as dining hall, lounge, and conference hall. The kitchen will be state of the art restaurant quality. At the entrance will be separate men's and women's toilets and showers. The cartography room is 20x20 feet, and among other rooms is the expedition leader's office (see plan). The building will be surrounded by an outdoor porch and the main view will be out a window the length of the common room, down the length of Hamilton Valley, a view that is nothing less than spectacular. The county has improved the county road into the property for us, and has constructed a turnaround at the edge of our property. We have drilled a well 425 feet deep that gives 7 1/2 gallons a minute. Our private road from the turnaround to the building site plus power line access is to be constructed during the fall of 1993. Power access has been worked out and will soon be installed Two bunk houses have been designed, each with 5 rooms sleeping 4 people on built-in bunks. We hopedepending on contributions-to be able to build all three of these buildings during the summer of 1994. Figure 33 : Hamilton Valley prov i des an idyllic setting in which CRF hopes to build permanent facilities to accommodate present and future needs (Drawing by R. Henmi) Completion of this first phase will be fine for basic expedition needs, cartography, and limited support for scientists. However we are planning for the second phase, the building of a field labo ratory and facilities for resident scientists. We have learned a great deal from experiencing the strengths and weaknesses of both the Austin House and Maple Springs facilities, so generously provided to us by the National Park Service. Our new facilities will be very good. The land will be managed to preserve it as a natural water-


Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 57 Figure 34: Architectural renderings of the proposed future home of CRF on property owned in Hamilton Valley, just outs ide Mammoth Cave National Park boundaries in Kentucky. (Drawings by R. Hemni architect).


58 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report shed of the world's longest cave A large number of JV workers have been helping to remove fences and in general to try to bring the land back to a natural state. The Hamilton Valley Center will have a major impact on our operations in Mammoth Cave and in the Central Ken tucky Karst. However, we also intend for it to have a major influence in supporting cave science throughout the coun try, and indeed, as far away as China There is consider able experience in CRF concerning the support of scien tists particularly university faculty and their students, and that knowledge is being used in the present design CRF led to a blossoming of cave science in the USA, but for a number of years we have not been able to support scientists well for lack of facilities. The archaeolobiologists, geographers and geologists who were part of the beginnings of CRF are now senior scientists, and they-and even their first generation of students now scien tists themselves-need facilities and support for their stu dents These home grown scientists constitute the strength and reputation of CRF, and the amount of CRF-related cave science is very large and extremely important. Beyond our need to continue to support such university science, there is now a need for more practical karst work, karst engineering in Kentucky, environmental surveys required by the federal government, and research contracts. The Hamilton Valley Project is designed to put CRF in a position to Figure 35: Back (north) view of proposed main hall at CRF's future research station. (Drawing by R. Henm/). engage in all these science activities And the key is our own land, our own field station, and our own field laboratory The Hamilton Valley project constitutes a major step forward in the support of karst science by the Cave Research Foundation 1 1r-1----1'--f--+-+ -+--+---+--+--+--4I I:-J.--+--+---+--+--+-+-+---t i ..... ------I ,....-I I .c."t..Ir. ,/.-. I,. It Figure 36 : Plan view of proposed main hall. The interior is 2960 sf with 1530 sf 0 f covered exterior, making a total of 3725 sf. (Drawing by R. Henm/). Finally, the estimated cost of the first phase is $500,000. We need contributions, big and small, lots of them. But also, we need your help in fund raiSing. If every JV worked hard to try to find contributions from local foundations, banks, friends, and rela tives, we would certainly meet our funding needs quickly. So please help CRF build a home of its own, for cave science, for all future JVs, and for you CRF is a nonprofit foundation in corporated in 1957 in Kentucky. When listing your contribution for tax deduc tions, cite the CRF number: I.R.S Code Sec. 501 (C)1954), 1.0 No. 316052842 (12 18-64). See CRF Newsletter (August) and related in formation on pages 4 and 65 00


Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 59 PUBLICATIONS ECOLOGY Poulson, T. L., 1992, The Mammoth Cave Ecosystems, pp. 569-611 in A. I. Camacho (ed). The Natural History of Biospe/e%gy, Monographs of the National Museum of Natural Sciences, Madrid, Spain ISBN 84-00-07280-4 Poulson, T L., 1992, Assessing groundwater quality in caves using indices of biological integrity, pp 495-511 in Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on Hydrogeology, Ecology, Monitoring and Management of Groundwater in Karst Terraines, Waterwell Journal Publishing Company, Dublin, OH. ISSN 1047-9023. Smi th A R MacNeill, C D., Richard, C M 1993 Ferns of Lava Beds National Monument, Siskiyou County, California, Madrono, in press Smith A.R., 1993, Ferns at Lava Beds National Monument, Fiddlehead Forum, 20 : 1 p.2 -3. GEOSCIENCES Groves, C .G., 1992, Geochemical and kinetic evolution of a karst flow system: Laurel Creek, West Virginia. Ground Water, vol. 30, pp 186-191. Hill, Carol A 1992. Sulfuric acid oil-filled karst: in Candelaria, M P., and C L. Reed, eds, Paleokarst, karst-related diagenesis, and reservoir development: examples from Ordovician-Devonian age strata of West Texas and the mid continent, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Permian Basin Section, Guidebook, April 12-14, Midland, Texas, pp. 192-194. __ ,1992. Cave pearls and pisoliths : a sedimentological comparison : West Texas Geological Society Bulletin, v 31, No. 8,pp4-10. __ 1992 Isotopic values of native sulfur, barite, celestite and calcite: their relationship to sulfur deposits and to the evolution of the Delaware Basin (preliminary results): in Wessel, G. R., and B Wimberly, eds., Native sulfur developments in geology and exploration, Society of Mining Engineers, Transactions Phoenix, Arizona, February 24-27, pp 147-157 __ and R. H. Buecher, 1992 Nitrocalcite in Kartchner Caverns Kartchner Caverns State Park, Arizona : Acta Carsologica, Proceedings of Drustvo Prijateljev Mineralov in Fosilov Trzic, Postojna, Uygoslava, May 6-8. Tinsley, J C Miller, K and Johnson, R A 1992, Dust monitoring and sedimentology of selected caves, November, 1989 through June, 1992, Lava Beds National Monument, California; Final Report, Project Number 7, Cooperative Agreement CA 8000-9-8003, 14 figures, 1 Appendix, 40 p. INTERPRETATION AND EDUCATION Sides, Stanley D., 1992, Saltpeter Industry The Kentucky Encyclopedia The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington June, p. 794 (Published in celebration of Kentucky's bicentennial). Sides, Stanley D., 1991, Guide to the Surface Trails of Mammoth Cave National Park Cave Books, st. Louis, MO, 110 p. (Dedicated by CRF and Sides in recognition of the 50th Anniv. of Mammoth Cave National Park and the 75th Anniv of the National Park Service).


60 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report CONSULTATION AND EDUCATION Poulson T. L., 1992, Consulting Ecologist (GS-14), National Park Service, Mammoth Cave National Park, June-July. Richard, Christopher M., Executive Producer; Mark Shelley, Sea Studios, Producer; untitled video (water cycle) This video, on continuous display at the Oakland Museum, includes footage shot in Lilburn Cave PRESENTATIONS ARCHAEOLOGY Watson, Patty Jo, 1992, The shaping of modern paleoethnobotany. Paper presented in the Fryxell Award Symposium honoring Richard A. Yarnell, organized by Gayle Fritz, Society for American Archaeology annual meeting, Pittsburgh, PA. Watson, Patty Jo, 1992, Prehistoric archeology in Salts Cave and Mammoth Cave. Two slide lectures presented at "Archeology Weekend" in Mammoth Cave National Park November, 1992 ECOLOGY Poulson, T. L., 1992, Case studies of groundwater biomonitoring in the Mammoth Cave Region First International Conference on Groundwater Ecology, Tampa, FL. Poulson, T. L., 1992, Cave Adaptation in Amblyopsid Fishes, Ecology and Evolution Seminar Series, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago Poulson, T L., 1992, Li mestone caves provide unique natural laboratories for studying ecological and evolutionary processes. Meeting of the Whirlpool Chapter of Sigma Xi, Buchanan, MI. GEOSCIENCES Groves, C.G and A D Howard, "Minimum conditions for cave development". Friends of Karst Symposium, Cookeville, Tennessee, April 1992 Groves, C.G "Ground water modeling in karst aquifers : A review" U .S. Environmental Protection Agency Workshop on Ground Water Problems in Karst Terrains, Atlanta, Georgia, September 1992 Groves, C.G "Karst landforms and caves". U S Environmental Protection Agency Workshop on Ground Water Problems in Karst Terrains, Atlanta, Georgia, September 1992 Groves, C.G. and A.D. Howard, "Kinetic controls on early karst aquifer porosity development Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Cincinnati, Ohio, October, 1992 Gottlieb, M D Kuehn, and C.G Groves, "Development of new quantitative methods for dye tracing". Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Cincinnati, Ohio, October, 1992 Groves, C.G and A. D. Howard, "Kinetic controls on limestone dissolution in the earliest stages of karst aquifer development". Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science, Ashland, Kentucky, October 1992. Hill Carol A., 1992 Mineralogy of Kartchner Caverns, Kartchner Caverns State Park, Arizona, Thirteenth Annual New Mexico Mineral Symposium, November 14, Soc mo, New Mexico. Tinsley, John C 1992, Origin of caves : Talk presented to Lyceum, Los Gatos Public Schools, 4th Grade, October. Tinsley, John C 1992, Leadership of Caving Parties: 1/2-day seminar presented to members of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the National Speleological Society, Los Gatos, California, March.


Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 61 "Cave Books" is the operating publications affiliate of the Foundation and operates under the jurisdiction of the Publications Committee It is further divided into a Sales/Distribution function and a Publishing function The sales and distribution of Cave Books' publications materials, wholesale and retail, is being managed by: Roger E McClure ........ . ....................... ..... Business Manager Thomas A Brucker ........ .................................. Sales Manager Richard A. Watson .... ............ Used and Small Lot Remainders Cave Books created a publishing initiative in 1983 with the goal of publishing one new cave book each year Funding and management of this publishing effort is handled independently of other internal publication efforts. The personnel managing publishing include : Roger E. McClure ....................... ........ .......... ............ Publisher Richard A Watson .............. .... .......... .......... ........ ......... Editor Karen Lindsley ........................................ .. Production Manager Thomas A. Brucker ............................ .. .. Wholesale Distributor Initial funding for publishing was provided by $10 000 in donations from thirty Foundation personnel. The first book in the series The Grand Kentucky Junction, was released in the spring of 1984 Revenue from its sales supports the cost of a second book, and so on thereby providing self-sustaining funding for each following publication Publications represents a major ann growing effort in the Foundation We continue to solicit manuscripts and add new items to our inventory Revenue from this effort provides primary support for many Foundation programs including the Annual Report Books published by Cave Books (IntI. Standard Book Number ISBN prefix 0-93978-)are now listed in Books in Print, and Cave Books is listed in the standard directories as a publishing house with interests in nonfiction and fiction having to do with caves, karst and speleology The general address for Cave Books is Cave Books 756 Harvard Ave. St. Louis, MO 63130 USA A complete listing of books and maps available through Cave Books may be obtained by writing to this address Reports and books published by Cave Book are listed on the following pages (continued)


62 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report CAVE BOOKS PUBLICATIONS TO DATE Atlas of the Great Caves of the World-by P. Courbon, C. Chabert, P. Bosted and K. Lindsley, 1989, (1IIus.) 369 p Carlsbad, Caves & a Camera-by Robert Nymeyer, 1978, (1IIus. ) 318 p Cave Research Foundation: Origins & the First Twelve Years, 1957-1968Richard A. Watson (ed .), (1IIus.), 495 p. Cave Research Foundation: 1969-1973Richard A. Watson (ed .), (llIus.), 265 p Cave Research Foundation: 1974-1978Richard A. Watson (ed.), (1IIus.), 341 p Cave Research Foundation Annual Reports: 1979 Annual Report Thomas L Poulson & Bethany J Wells (eds.), 1981, (1IIus.) 74 p. 1980 Annual Report Margaret V. Palmer (ed.), 1981, (1IIus.) 51 p 1981 Annual Report Karen B. Lindsley (ed.), 1984, (llIus ) 55 p. 1982 Annual Report Margaret V Palmer (ed.), 1984, (llIus.) 45 p. 1983 Annual Report Kathleen H Lavoie (ed.), 1984, (1IIus.) 42 p 1984 Annual Report Karen B Lindsley (ed.), 1985, (llIus.) 60 p 1985 Annual Report Karen B Lindsley (ed.), 1986, (llIus ) 48 p. 1986 Annual Report Karen B Lindsley (ed .), 1987, (llIus ) 51 p 1987 Annual Report Karen B. Lindsley (ed.), 1987, (llIus.) 74 p 1988 Annual Report Karen B. Lindsley (ed.), 1989, (llIus.) 91 p. 1989 Annual Report Karen B Lindsley (ed .), 1990, (llIus.) 74 p 1990 Annual Report Karen B. Lindsley (ed.), 1991, (llIus ) 80 p 1991 Annual Report Karen B. Lindsley (ed.), 1992, (llIus ) 76 p. 1992 Annual Report Karen B. Lindsley (ed.), 1993, (llIus ) 68 p. Cave Research Foundation Personnel Manual (3rd ed.) Diana O. Daunt-Mergens (ed.), (llIus.), 176 p. Caves Beyond : The Story of the Floyd Collins Crystal Cave Exploration -by Joe Lawrence, Jr. and Roger W. Brucker, 1975, (lllus.), 320 p. Geological Guide to Mammoth Cave National Parkby Arthur N. Palmer, 1981, (llIus.), 210 p. Grand Kentucky Junction : Memoirs -by P. P. Crowther, C F. Pinnix, R. B Zopf, T A. Brucker, P. G Eller, S G. Wells, J P Wilcox 1984 (1IIus.), 96 p. Introduction to Speleology-by Arthur N Palmer, 1981, (1IIus.), 176 p Jewel Cave Adventure -by Herb Conn and Jan Conn, 1981, (1IIus. ) 240 p. MAWS -by Erd Noswat (pseud .), 1976, (1IIus.), 36 p. Memoirs of a Speleologist : The Adventurous Life of a Famous French Cave Explorer-by Robert DeJoly (trans. by Peter Kurz, 1975, (llIus .), 185 p. Rambles in the Mammoth Cave During the Year 1844 by a Visiter-by Alexander C. Bullitt, 1985 (1IIus.), 134 p


Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 63 South Chi na Caves: Information on the Caves and Karst of South China and A Report on the 1988 Jo i nt E xpedi tion Between The Institute of Karst Geology The Speleological Society of South China Normal Univers i ty and the Cave Research Foundation by Rondal R Bridgemon and Karen B Lindsley (eds ) 1991 (llIus ) 62 p Speleology: The Study of Caves -by George W. Moore and G Nicholas Sullivan, 1981 (llIus ) 163 p Subterranean Climbers : Twelve Years i n the World s Deepest Chasm -by Pierre Chevelier (trans by E M Hatt) 1975 (llIus ) 223 p Ten Years Under the Earth -by Norbert Casteret (trans by Burrows Massey) 1975 (llIus .), 255 p Under Plowman s Moor : A Novel -by Richard Watson 1978 244 p Yochib: The River Cave -by C William Steele, 1985, (llIus ) 176 p 00


64 Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report DIRECTORS Melburn R. Park President John C. Tinsley Secr e t ary James Borden R Pete Lindsley Janet Sowers Roger E McClure, Treasurer R. Scott House Rondal Bridgemon Michael Sutton Richard Venters General Chie f Sc ientist .... ........ . ..... ...... . ...... Thomas L. Poulson Sc i e n ce Committee Ch a ir ..... ...... .... .... ........ John Tinsley Publi ca tion s Committee Chair ... . ......... ... Roger McClure C ave Book s Publi s her / M a nage r . .... ... . .... .... ........ Roger McClure Ed i tor ....... ... ...... ...... ...................... R i chard Watson Produ c tion Manag e r . ... .. ........... . ..... Karen Lindsley S a l es ....... ... ... .... . .......... . ... ........ . .... Tom Brucker Dave Hanson Joyce Hoffmaster New s l e tt er Edi tors . ... ..... ....... .... ........... . ... Sue Hagan Mick Sutton Proj ec t C a ving M anua l Editor ................. Kevin Downs Annu a l R e po r t Editor .... ............ ........... Karen Lindsley Guadalupe Escarpment Area Management Op era ti o n s M a nag e r ................................... Dick Venters P ers onnel Offi ce r ................ ............ ............ Dick Desjardins Chi e f Cartogr a pher ......................................... Pat Helton Fin a n ce and Supply Coordinator ................... Fritzi Hardy Fiel d S t a tion M a intenan c e ........ ..... ................. Ron Kerbo GUMO Coordin a tor ............... .......... ....... .......... Tony Grieco Hoot e r e ditor .......... ........... ......... .............. .Duke McMullan Arkansas Project Management P r oje c t M a n a g e r ............. ........................ R Pete Lindsley A rea M a n a g e r ................... .......................... Danny Vann Proj ec t C a rtogr a ph e r s ........................ G ary R Schaecher Jack Reg a l Mike Pearson Central Kentucky Area Management Operations Manager ............................. ............ Jim Borden Personnel Officer ...... ........ .......... ........ ...... Richard B Zopf Chief Cartographer .... .... ...... .... .... ... ......... R. Scott House Medical Officer .. .. ........... .... ................ ... Stanley D. Sides Safety Officer .... ...... ...... ............................ Bill Putnam Supply Officer .............................. ...... ..... Jan Hemberger Expedition Finance Officer ........................... ..... Kay Sides Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI) Project Coordinator and SEKI Area Manager ............ ................ .. .. John Tinsley Chief Cartographer ...... ......................... ...... Peter Bosted Field Station ................ ........ ...................... .... Mike Spiess Medical Officer ................................. Roger Mortimer M .D. Personnel Officer .... .............. ...... .............. James Lakner Safety Officer ...... .............................. .... Howard A Hurtt Science Officer ........................ ....... ............ John W. Hess Lava Beds National Monument (LABE) Project Co Project Managers ................ ............... Janet M Sowers Bill Devereaux Personnel Officer ............ ............... ............ David Cowan Sandra Cowan Cartographers ...... ........ ............................ ....... Mike Sims Bruce W Rogers Missouri Project Management Operations Manager ......................... ........ ....... Scott House


Cave Research Foundation 1992 Annual Report 65 OPERATING COMMITTEES The Foundation has established permanent committees to help conduct its business All Committees are chaired by a Director of the Foundation Science Committee Coordinates the Foundation's diversified efforts in all areas of cave science This includes the Fellowship Grant program, the Annual Report and interaction with scientists in all fields John C. Tinsley, Chairman Thomas L Poulson Chief Scientist William P Bishop David J DesMarais John W Hess Carol A Hill Francis G. Howarth Thomas C Kane Arthur N Palmer Margaret V. Palmer Janet M. Sowers Patty Jo Watson Finance Committee Kathleen H Lavoie Mark Perkins Ronald C Wilson Drafts Foundation budgets, provides advice to treasurer and seeks sources of funds to support Foundation programs The Cave Research Foundation is a non-profit tax-exempt organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service under IRS Code, Sec 501 (c)(3) and assigned Federal Number 316052842 The primary source of funds for operation of the Foundation is derived from gifts, bequests and other private contributions Revenue from Foundation Endowment Fund, established in 1974 is used to support a Grants / Fellowship Program to support research in karst-related disciplines Other sources of income are obtained from the sale of publications and limited contract projects The Foundation is maintaining good financial stability with the growth and subsequent increased revenue from our Publications affiliate Cave Books and the endowment Fund Roger E. McClure, Chairman / Treasurer L Kay S i des Publications Provides policy guidance and direction on all Foundation matters proposes publications initiatives assists indiv i duals / groups in accomplishing their publication goals, review/coordinates all proposed publications, insures all publications meet desired quality and format standards and represent the Foundation in a favorable manner. Publications activity has become a major force in CRF operations over recent years, primarily through the Foundation's publishing affiliate Cave Books The effort has been two fold : first, to provide a service to CRF and the caving community; second to produce revenue to fund Foundation activities Roger E McClure Chairman Thomas A. Brucker Kevin Downs Sue Hagan Dave Hanson Joyce Hoffmaster Karen Lindsley Rich Wolfert Mick Sutton Hami Iton Valley Project The Hamilton Valley Project is overseen by two working groups-the Land Management group and the Building working group, and by a fund-raising committee Fund Raising: Red Watson co-direct o r Mel Park co director Building Committee : Paul Hauck Land Management: Roger McClure, chairman Jim Borden Doon Coons 00 Red Watson Richard Zopf Rick Olson Stan Sides


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