2010/01/06

Determined Moonshiners Hole, Cave Entrance, Roy P., Gerald Moni, Putnam Co, TN

Determined Moonshiners Hole, Cave Entrance, Roy P., Gerald Moni, Putnam Co, TN

I had been contacted by a landowner in Putnam County to check some caves on his property. I met with Gerald Moni, and the landowner's father, Roy P. Roy is an intelligent and likable guy, 72 years old, and in pretty great shape.

We parked on a cul-de-sack and proceeded on foot. It was bitterly cold at 15 degrees, snowing, and windy, perhaps not the best day for a stroll in the woods. But since I work all the time, I take what I can get.

Not far below where we parked was the Hartselle-Monteagle contact, and the features Roy wanted to show us were there. I slipped in the first, a 15 foot dud, but blowing lots of air through a hole about big enough for my cat. The other two were less impressive than that, but all blowing lots of steam.

Gerald and I wanted to field check Determined Moonshiner, a nearby cave. We found it, and after taking pictures of the beautiful ice flow over the entrance, I kicked the ice out and went in to confirm the narrative. I think my only addition was that there was now a waterfall in the back of the cave (perhaps it was dry in 1975?). Climbing through water and ice to get back out into sub-freezing conditions we went to our next destination.

Roy said he knew of another cave whose entrance was even larger than the duds he took us to. We set out on foot from Determined Moonshiner and within 15 minutes had found the new cave.
The entrance is a small vertical climb, whose width and depth closely match the climbdown of Breakdown Palace. It spilled out onto a flow of mud and into a breakdown room about 60 feet across, 200+ feet in length, and an average ceiling height of about 20 feet. To the right the whole trunk dropped abruptly into was I'm guessing is about a 40 foot pit. The ground here was encased in thick black mineral deposits, so seeing the depth of the pit was difficult.
To the left from the entrance the trunk continued about 200 feet with several leads being observed in the breakdown.

I'm re-using the name Saucerful of Secrets (much to Gerald's disappointment) because the other cave I named that was discovered to have a previous name.

2010/01/01

Curriculum Vitae

Ben Herrmann, Ryan Gardner, Chuck Sutherland, Mill Creek Falls, Spring Creek, Overton County, Tennessee
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Bio
Chuck Sutherland is a caver, a photographer, a geographer, and a conservationist.

Caving for him is a way to better understand the story of the rocks and water. While he is a geographer by training, he loves all science. He frequently partners in his caving projects with scientists like historians, biologists, paleontologists, anthropologists, and geologists. Most of all, he likes to get people excited about caves and caving.

His landscape photography has been published in dozens of magazines, books, newspapers, and web pages. BBC, and the Discovery Channel have both used his photography.  The TNVacation website features many of his photos as well.

Professionally, Chuck is the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist for the Upper Cumberland Development District. He has published hundreds of maps in books, magazines, and on the web. His maps and GIS analysis have been awarded by his peers in the Tennessee Geographic Information Council and even recognized by the international GIS software manufacturer, ESRI.

Chuck has worked with Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee, as well as Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation, The Land Trust of Tennessee, and the Cumberland River Compact on conservation oriented projects around Tennessee and Kentucky.

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Journal Publications

Gardner R., Hart E., Sutherland C. (2018) Delineation of a Major Karst Basin with Multiple Input Points, Roaring River, Tennessee. In: White W., Herman J., Herman E., Rutigliano M. (eds) Karst Groundwater Contamination and Public Health. Advances in Karst Science. Springer, Cham
https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-51070-5_33


Evan A. Hart, Frank W. Stapor, J. Enrique Novoa Jerez, and Charles J. Sutherland (2016) Progradation of a Beach Ridge Plain between 5000 and 4000 Years BP Inferred from Luminescence Dating, Coquimbo Bay, Chile. Journal of Coastal Research. 7 September, 2017
http://www.jcronline.org/doi/abs/10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-16-00052

Yoichiro Kanno, William T. Russ, Charles J. Sutherland, S. Bradford Cook (2012) Prioritizing aquatic conservation areas using spatial patterns and partitioning of fish community diversity in a near-natural temperate basin. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 4 July, 2012
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/aqc.2266/abstract

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