40-miles and still going ...in Indiana

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40-miles and still going ...in Indiana

Postby Ernie Coffman » Jul 22, 2014 9:00 pm

Here's a nice short story on a cave that's been pegged at 40-miles and still growing. In 2009, it was mapped at 22-miles, so they've been doing quite a chore over the five years. :clap:
http://www.whas11.com/news/local/Indian ... 48151.html
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Re: 40-miles and still going ...in Indiana

Postby Caving Guru » Jul 23, 2014 1:36 am

Ernie Coffman wrote:Here's a nice short story on a cave that's been pegged at 40-miles and still growing. In 2009, it was mapped at 22-miles, so they've been doing quite a chore over the five years. :clap:
http://www.whas11.com/news/local/Indian ... 48151.html


Two of the longest caves in Indiana were connected recently so there has not been 18 miles of passage surveyed in the cave since 2009.
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Re: 40-miles and still going ...in Indiana

Postby ohiocaver » Jul 23, 2014 8:19 am

Project coordinator Dave Everton was the Lew Bicking Award winner at the NSS Convention last week.
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Re: 40-miles and still going ...in Indiana

Postby Extremeophile » Jul 23, 2014 1:52 pm

Caving Guru wrote:
Ernie Coffman wrote:Here's a nice short story on a cave that's been pegged at 40-miles and still growing. In 2009, it was mapped at 22-miles, so they've been doing quite a chore over the five years. :clap:
http://www.whas11.com/news/local/Indian ... 48151.html


Two of the longest caves in Indiana were connected recently so there has not been 18 miles of passage surveyed in the cave since 2009.

How much new survey has there been in the last 5 years? I'm curious about the most productive cave surveys. The big caves (Mammoth, Jewel, Wind, Lech, Fisher Ridge) typically add 2-4 miles per year, but occasionally there's a breakout that produces more. Fort Stanton Cave in NM has added 16 miles in a little over 2 years (since April, 2012) and is probably the most productive in the US right now, and it's closed half the year as a hibernaculum.
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Re: 40-miles and still going ...in Indiana

Postby caverdan » Jul 23, 2014 6:22 pm

Extremeophile wrote:
Caving Guru wrote:
Ernie Coffman wrote:Here's a nice short story on a cave that's been pegged at 40-miles and still growing. In 2009, it was mapped at 22-miles, so they've been doing quite a chore over the five years. :clap:
http://www.whas11.com/news/local/Indian ... 48151.html


Two of the longest caves in Indiana were connected recently so there has not been 18 miles of passage surveyed in the cave since 2009.

How much new survey has there been in the last 5 years? I'm curious about the most productive cave surveys. The big caves (Mammoth, Jewel, Wind, Lech, Fisher Ridge) typically add 2-4 miles per year, but occasionally there's a breakout that produces more. Fort Stanton Cave in NM has added 16 miles in a little over 2 years (since April, 2012) and is probably the most productive in the US right now, and it's closed half the year as a hibernaculum.

I hear rumors your being rather productive in Groaning. :kewl:
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Re: 40-miles and still going ...in Indiana

Postby Extremeophile » Aug 4, 2014 1:48 pm

caverdan wrote:I hear rumors your being rather productive in Groaning. :kewl:

This weekend we passed 1 mile of new survey for 2014. Total length is now 12.47 miles, which puts Groaning ahead of Dry Cave (NM) and Ellisons. :bananabat:
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Re: 40-miles and still going ...in Indiana

Postby caver.adam » Aug 4, 2014 8:40 pm

Yikes! You're going to catch Big Bat in Kentucky if we don't get back in there and start surveying again!
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Re: 40-miles and still going ...in Indiana

Postby Mike Hood » Aug 9, 2014 4:19 pm

Caving Guru wrote:
Ernie Coffman wrote:Here's a nice short story on a cave that's been pegged at 40-miles and still growing. In 2009, it was mapped at 22-miles, so they've been doing quite a chore over the five years. :clap:
http://www.whas11.com/news/local/Indian ... 48151.html


Two of the longest caves in Indiana were connected recently so there has not been 18 miles of passage surveyed in the cave since 2009.


Well, not exactly. Other caves were connected to the 22-mile long Binkley, but the second and third longest caves in Indiana (Blue Spring and Lost River--both over 20 miles) are not that close to Binkley. Just some clarification.
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