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Postby hardcorecaver » Oct 3, 2010 10:30 pm

So I am starting my undergraduate Research project at my college. I am want to work in Gypsum Karst around the Carlsbad area. Do any one have any thoughts or considerations for me? I am just trying to get ideas.
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Re: Research Projects

Postby wyandottecaver » Oct 4, 2010 7:42 am

the first consideration is that WNS has been shutting down non WNS research in some areas and you probably want to have some long talks with the local land management agencies to see what their contingency plans are. This also means that costs for your project may be higher to accomadate chemicals and supplies for repeated decon or replacement of gear.

As to subject matter, The only gypsum karst I have been in was "parks ranch cave" (I think) near carlesbad for a NCRC weeklong. Had about 5 thousand entrances :) It seemed like it was essentially a cow pee sewer in lots of places. If that is indeed true, then contrasting the flora/fauna of a site with err high organic inputs vs some other site without them might be interesting.

I also got the impression that that cave saw lots of traffic. trying to asses recreational impacts for gypsum substrates might be useful, if not very interesting from a research side.
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Re: Research Projects

Postby Dwight Livingston » Oct 4, 2010 8:41 am

wyandottecaver wrote:
I also got the impression that that cave saw lots of traffic. trying to asses recreational impacts for gypsum substrates might be useful, if not very interesting from a research side.


Bo Shelby made a career out of his post-graduate research and publications on the "recreational carrying capacity" of rivers. Maybe you could do the same for caves.
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Re: Research Projects

Postby Squirrel Girl » Oct 4, 2010 6:13 pm

I was thinking Parks Ranch as well. I believe it* only* has 18 ents. But I think it would be a fantastic place to study both air and water flow directions. They're not always static. If I had nothing (like earning a living) to occupy me, that is what I'd do for fun.
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Re: Research Projects

Postby NZcaver » Oct 4, 2010 11:44 pm

wyandottecaver wrote:The only gypsum karst I have been in was "parks ranch cave" (I think) near carlesbad for a NCRC weeklong. Had about 5 thousand entrances :) It seemed like it was essentially a cow pee sewer in lots of places.

Damn, that brings back memories! Quite an aroma. Plus we were on alert to pull out at the first sign of heavy rain because the clouds were menacing and that cave floods fast! So you were there in '03 as well? I was a level 2 student back then - comms team leader (how unusual for me), and I think later I switched to an evac team.

FYI folks, Lucas orchestrated the big cleanup in Parks Ranch Cave several years ago for his Eagle Scout project.
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