[Homestead] more pictures
erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Sun Jan 4 22:53:57 EST 2009
I was reading up on karst topography a while back and I did notice that
the Texas Hill country is also karst. It seemed strange to me at the
time, but then I saw your pictures of your recent trip and I can
definitely see it now.
The cave as dump phenomena is all too prevalent here, too. Disgusting.
Sage Austin | Eureka! Design wrote:
> In our local bat cave there are flesh eating beetles. That's enough to
> keep me out of local caves. And believe me, nobody wants to go through
> the rabies vaccine. The caves at the Wildflower Center were actually
> recharge points for the aquifer. One year they put dye tracers in during
> a rain and it came up in the spring fed city pool within 24 hours even
> though it was many, many miles away. But Bev is right, a caving club
> could tell you more. In many rural areas including mine caves were
> unfortunately often used as on site garbage dumps up until the 70's when
> ecosystems became better understood. Cavers have cleaned cans of
> pesticide, cow skeletons, toxic junk, etc. out of them.--Sage
> EarthNSky wrote:
>> Please don't go into the cave or allow your kids to do so.
>> 1. It is not safe, physically or bacteriologically (think cave ins,
>> rabid bats, guano)
>> 2. Imagine your scare should you find something like skeletal remains
>> 3. You could be damaging a very fragile ecosystem
>> If you really want to explore the cave, I'd call your local/regional
>> spelunking (caving) club. They have experience in wild caving and could
>> explore it/map it for you. It would satisfy your curiosity and delight
>> some caver to the core.
>> roxann wrote:
>>> Hi Bob,
>>> We've gone to the cave but it doesn't go very far before it gets too
>>> narrow for my comfort. I've considered tying rope to Garrison and
>>> sending him in with a helmet and light, though, lol. He wants to, but
>>> I'm still afraid. I think there's a larger room in there because
>>> cold air comes out from a hole below the entrance.
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