2010/01/06

Determined Moonshiners Hole

Determined Moonshiners Hole entrance, Roy Price, Gerald Moni, Putnam County, Tennessee "It's not a saucer." - Gerald Moni

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

Chuck Sutherland
This page is a listing of occurrences of some of my publications, activities, and awards. In this list I include webpages, as well as significant self-published posts. Some of the things here may not fit neatly into a category. I maintain this primarily for personal reasons, but have kept it public in case anyone is interested.



Bio

Geographer - Photographer - Caver


Caving is a way to see the Earth from the inside out. Rocks and water have a story to tell; like a detective, the curious can tease out its story by carefully reading clues. I try to retain childlike curiosity and wonder for the amazing world we live in. There are so many wonderful things to know and so many amazing stories to tease out from the landscape!

I love learning from and working with other scientists. They all see the world in different ways. The geographer in me likes to form a larger holistic picture from these experiences. As much as I love learning, I love to share. A big part of that is getting people excited about caves and caving. It is the most accessible form of "frontier exploration" to humans.

I have been lucky to be well published. Highlights include my photography having been used by ABC, BBC, and the Discovery Channel. More than that, my work appears in such places as academic journals, music videos, international and local news, noteworthy lectures, books, magazines, and websites.

Professionally I work at the Upper Cumberland Development District as the Director of Informatics. I manage GIS and data projects, and am used as a resource by all staff at the UCDD and UCHRA as well as community members.

Personal Pages

Contributor / Member


Journal Publications


Paulina Bounds, Charles Sutherland (2018) Perceptual basemaps reloaded: the role basemaps play in eliciting perceptions. The Journal of Linguistic Geography. 6 (2). 2018: 1-24.
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-linguistic-geography/article/perceptual-basemaps-reloaded-the-role-basemaps-play-in-eliciting-perceptions/DC626654EA67E4E16989E34F500D5197

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


Books


Sutherland, Chuck, editor. Speleopocalypse: SERA's 69th Cave Carnival Guidebook. National Speleological Society, 2020.

Sutherland, Chuck, and Caralynn Strand, editors. National Speleological Society 2019 Convention Guidebook. National Speleological Society, 2019.


Presentations


Geography

  • Padgett, Matthew D. (2016) Distribution and Threat Analysis of the Obey Crayfish (Master's thesis) - 2016/12/30, cartography


Photography & Videography

  • Boost - 2013, dead link (French / English book)

    Tree house


Conservation


Caving 

  • NSS News - 2020/02, interview (Spelean Spotlight), article (The Origins of Data, and the Future of State Cave Surveys), photos, maps

  • White County Rescue - 2020/01/18

  • NSS 2019 Convention Program - cartography, cover - 2019/04/30

  • Best of the National Speleological Society 2018, Award Winning Cave Photography and Music [DVD] - 2018/03/17