2008/02/02

Blue Spring Cave - M and N Passages

The BS Gang Prarie Dog Formation Gypsum Snowball Closeup on the Gypsum Snowball Gypsum Snowballs Feline Tracks Scale on the Paw Prints Textured Ceiling Colonial Coral and Water Erosion Wall O' Gypsum - 14 Wall O' Gypsum - 13 Wall O' Gypsum - 12 Wall O' Gypsum - 11 Wall O' Gypsum - 10 Wall O' Gypsum - 9 Wall O' Gypsum - 8 Wall O' Gypsum - 7 Massive Gypsum Crystal Frosted Flakes Gypsum Needles Wall O' Gypsum - 6 Wall O' Gypsum - 5 Wall O' Gypsum - 4 Wall O' Gypsum - 3 IWall O' Gypsum - 2 Wall O' Gypsum - 1 Gypsum Gypsum Beards Mike and the Gypsum Beards Colonial Coral Mike and the Colonial Coral Gypsum Wall Gypsum Needles - 2 Gypsum Beard Gypsum Needles - 1 Gypsum Playdoh Factory Gypsum Curls - 2 Gypsum Curls - 1 Plenty of Needles in this Haystack Second River Crossing Mud Cracks
Anne Elmore and Bill Walters lead Kristen Bobo, Greg King, Mike West, and I into the far reaching passages of Blue Spring Cave (Tennessee's largest cave [#36 in the world]).
The formations we encountered there were unlike any I've ever seen, and likely will ever see until I return. Delicate, unbelievable, pristine gypsum formations for almost a mile of passage were common place. In other locations coral fossils jutted from the ceilings and walls with water worn weathering stripping the limestone from around them. Not to mention the giant feline paw prints. It was truly an underground museum.
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