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James Baughn

The Bulge Hole: Every bit as peculiar as the name

Posted Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at 3:07 PM


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  • Another good one. Mildly amusing and very informative.

    -- Posted by halffasthiker on Wed, Mar 7, 2012, at 6:32 PM
  • James, we would "suggest" that you invest in a nice Petzl helmet and headlamp, and ask some of the SEMO Grotto folks to accompany you on these "excursions".....that "sandstone" you're observing in western Illinois exhibits all of the indices of being an extension of the karst topography of the limestone to the west in Perry and Ste. Gen County, MO......with all indices of vadose and/or phreatic formation being evident in your photographs......you're poking about in what remains of long ago cave formation, cave piracy, water erosion on both levels,as well as the result of water action by the Mississippi River and the last glacial epoch...let me know, I'll be down home in April at Perryville for MVOR, and back again in June for family reunion...would like to get together and "hike" some hills!!!! I used to go over and "party" in the old "silica"mines in the Shawnee Nat'l Forest out east of Cape!!!! Be Well, gimme an e-mail!!!molater, kkr

    -- Posted by kkcaver47 on Wed, Mar 7, 2012, at 10:45 PM
  • kkcaver47: It's funny you mention the mines east of Cape, as I was over there just last weekend exploring the old tripoli mines. They're gated off to protect bats that have moved into the mine shafts, but still very interesting.

    -- Posted by James Baughn on Wed, Mar 7, 2012, at 11:24 PM
  • James, yes, we have GOT to protect our bat populations, just having massive inventories going on over here in the Ozarks.....your visitations in western Illinois could well be welcomed with an addition of earth science students from Southern Illinois University Student Grotto, we remember our "cohorts" as Little Egypt Grotto, These people turned hard core when hard core ceased to exist......witness Rimstone River Cave, and the extensions of Mystery and the push outs of Crevice system in Perry County!!! Come on out in April to MVOR in Perryville and bring your blog into caving in Perry county and Ste. Gen county, you'll love the trip, and we will get you wet....if you follow me into the Berome Moore system, I will personally have you hooked on caving in Missouri, and you'll leave that Illinois "sandstone" ALONE!!!!! C'Mon, James, come camping with the "Cavers"!!!!! See ya!! (MVOR.com), or e-mail me @ kkcaver47@yahoo.com) Be Well, my bridge-finding bud, you gotta get out more!!!!! molater, kkr

    -- Posted by kkcaver47 on Thu, Mar 8, 2012, at 2:34 AM