I can answer your questions about caving in temperate region limestone caves. I know well most lighting systems, clothing options, gear choices, safety concerns, weather patterns, etc. I can identify most formations from accurate descriptions. I can advise beginning cavers.
I have been at this for over 40 years. I have been a cave leader for groups and individuals from junior high through young adults. I know how to avoid most of the mistakes, because I have made many of them myself over the years.
National Speleological Society, Central Indiana Grotto
BS in Chemistry Education with Field Studies in Earth Science
I am fascinated my the science of speleogenesis, the study of how the cave came to be the way it is today. Remember, those used to be solid rock, and yet here are caverns and passages, dissolved out of the native bedrock. Why here, and why this size and shape? Why this far and no further? How did that rock get there?
There are several passages not yet explored in some well known and well traveled Indiana caves. I hope to be the one to map them.
White Nose Syndrome is all the talk these days, but the simple fact is we do not know that humans are spreading it. In fact, we are fairly certain humans are not a primary vector. We believe that the bats themselves and the bugs they eat are principally responsible for the spread of the disease. Still, we take precautions to avoid cross-contamination.
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