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Postby mtnmax » Oct 15, 2007 10:18 pm

I was wondering if there has been an inventory made of Colorado caves similar to ones that have been completed in Missouri. I know that the diversity is not going to be the same.
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Postby wyandottecaver » Oct 16, 2007 4:54 pm

I always heard colorado cavers dynamited caves shut after they scooped them to keep them secret :P
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Postby tncaver » Oct 16, 2007 6:38 pm

I realize this is off topic but wyandottecaver mentioned something I have heard about happening here in Tennessee. It is claimed that a well known caver from a few years ago dynamited a few of his discoveries shut to keep scoopers out and to protect the caves.
Don't know if there is any truth to it or not. But I did
shut one myself one time to keep the local scoopers
out. They didn't like it when I informed them that I
had shut the cave with a huge boulder that I was able
to pry bar over the entrance. I figure that if they dig
it back open then they deserved to scoop it. But I didn't want them to have it after I had spent three
weekends digging it open. They scooped part of it
and bragged about it on a local forum. That is how
I knew they had been there. But any further scooping
would require a lot of work.
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Postby wyandottecaver » Oct 16, 2007 7:26 pm

At least in Indiana there are several instances of dynamite cave gates. too bad really. Hey TNcaver, If you PM me the coordinates I'll bring the drill and pyrodex :P
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Postby tncaver » Oct 16, 2007 7:32 pm

wyandottecaver,
Not sure what you mean. I shut the scooped cave on purpose to
keep them from scooping any more. I don't want it back open.
If the landowner were to ask I could open it back up myself.
But I prefer to leave it sealed. Besides, it was sealed shut by
nature before I dug it open. So now it is back the way it was
before I dug it open. Back to nature so to speak.
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Postby tncaver » Oct 16, 2007 7:35 pm

I think we should let this thread go back to it's
original subject:
Has an inventory been made of Colorado caves similar to ones that have been completed in Missouri.
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Postby caverdan » Oct 16, 2007 7:43 pm

wyandottecaver wrote:I always heard colorado cavers dynamited caves shut after they scooped them to keep them secret :P


Dynamited??? Someone's pulling your leg. :rofl:

Like tncaver.........we plan to visit again. Personally, I like to think of it as repairing a landscape that has a hole in it....thus reblending it to it's natural surroundings.
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Postby wyandottecaver » Oct 16, 2007 8:08 pm

I was joking tncaver. would be interesting to compare. Julian Lewis has done extensive work on cave biology, dunno if he has hit CO yet....
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Postby tncaver » Oct 16, 2007 8:10 pm

This thread is getting a bit bizarre even for me.
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Postby caverdave » Nov 2, 2007 7:37 am

I have been collecting invertebrates in Colorado caves for about a decade under a Special Use Permit from the US Forest Service, and there are many cave creatures present here, including a number of new species. Most common are springtails, beetles, mites, millipeds, spiders, centipedes, pseudoscorpions, diplurans and flies.
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Postby Squirrel Girl » Nov 2, 2007 9:42 am

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