Thursday, July 12, 2012

Marshmallow Crickets and Gypsum Flowers

Yesterday Dudeboy and I were lucky enough to join several geologists (KGS) on a special 4-hour tour of Mammoth Cave lead by the Research Director of the Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning . . . In other-words, we got to visit a few passages that are not normally open to the public (above photo), and we got a mega-dose of the geology of the cave itself.

 Gypsum flowers . . .

 A "marshmallow cricket" . . . death by fungus.

 A non-marshmallow cave cricket.

 The snowball room.


Anonymous said...

Mane says it looks very exciting and that you're very lucky!

Anonymous said...

Wish I could have been there. You'll have to lead me on a cave trip one of these days.

Adonis Gorr said...

Two words... Floyd Collins.

Merkin J. Pus-Tart said...

The real scary stuff didn't start for Floyd Collins until after he was dead! Wikipedia touches on the story . . . "The new owner placed Collins's body in a glass-topped coffin and exhibited it in Crystal Cave for many years. On the night of March 18–19, 1929, the body was stolen. It was recovered, but the injured left leg was missing."