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Attend an Online Tour of North America’s Most Cavernous Limestone

posted Apr 8, 2013, 2:07 PM by MSS Caves

Attend an Online Tour of North America’s Most Cavernous Limestone

April 8, 2013
A National Park Ranger guiding visitors on a tour of Mammoth Cave.

A National Park Ranger guiding visitors on a tour of Mammoth Cave. Photo by Daniel Schwen/Wikipedia

The next presentation in the ongoing series of webinars put on by the NSS will feature a tour of the most cavernous limestone layer in North America.

Join presenter Art Palmer, one of the most respected scientists in the field of speleology and author of the book Cave Geology, as he explains how most of the largest American caves are found in the same limestone layer, a deposit that covers most of the country.

Curiously, despite being part of the same layer, different variations in geology have resulted in very different caves. These differences can be explained with a few observations — some simple, and some quite complex.

To find out more about this “Caver’s Haven”, mark this webinar on your calendar.

This free event runs from 8:00 to 9:00pm CST (7:00pm MST/6:00pm PST) on Monday, April 29th, 2013.

Registration is open, and as usual, space is limited, so reserve your spot now.

Also be sure to join 10 minutes early on the day of the presentation to assure your spot.

New Indiana Caverns Show Cave Opening Date Approaching

posted Nov 18, 2009, 7:16 PM by MSS Caves   [ updated Apr 8, 2013, 2:09 PM ]

New Indiana Caverns Show Cave Opening Date Approaching

Part of the Big Bone Mountain room at Indiana Caverns.

Part of the Big Bone Mountain room at Indiana Caverns. Photo by Ryan Cox

With the proposed opening date looming, folks at Indiana Caverns are working hard to complete the new tourist attraction.

Since the end of May 2012, NSS cavers Gary Roberson, Terry (Dog) Crayden and Rand Heazlitt have been busy developing a small portion of the Indiana’s Binkley Cave system, the 11th longest cave in the U.S., as a new show cave, Indiana Caverns.

Once complete, the tour will include a walking section as well as a boat ride, with about half of the 600 meter (2,000 foot) lighted section accessible on the water.

To allow the public a glimpse of the exciting developments, nearby Louisville, Kentucky’s WDRB recently featured the cave in a spot on television.

It has waterfalls, it has a boat ride, it has ice age bones, it has a lot of formations, heights and depths, the kind of things that make a cave exciting for a person to go through, Gary Roberson, Indiana Caverns Developer

Unfortunately, soon after the spot aired a thief broke into the cave and stole expensive equipment including a large welder, a barrel fan and thousands of feet of welding cable.

Despite the setback, which is expected to halt construction for a week, developers are still hoping to get the cave open in May.

To find our more about the attraction check out Indiana Caverns on Facebook or visit IndianaCaverns.com.

Additionally, anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact Indiana State Police.

Developers “shed light” on Harrison Co. cave & Authorities say thieves have struck at Indiana Caverns [WDRB via Rob Houchens]

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