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  Onondaga Cave State Park - Cathedral Cave - Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites, MoDNR   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
In the introduction to Cathedral Cave, in his book "Caves of Missouri," J. Harlen Bretz explains "The low entrance by which the cave was discovered many years ago is heartily detestable, and never used without some special reason." This entrance lies along the Meramec River and has been securely gated for many years.
The cave was acquired by Dill and Lyman Riley in the early 1950s when they bought Onondaga, but its only use during this era was by the MSM Spelunkers as a research cave.
Few trips are taken into this area because of the difficulty, the water hazards and a desire to preserve this part of the cave as a sanctuary for cave life.
www.mostateparks.com /onondaga/cathedralcave.htm   (1212 words)

  Missouri Cave Life
Missouri caves typically have an average yearly temperature of approximately 55-58 degrees Fahrenheit.
Caves that often have leaf litter and twigs blowing in through entrances or flushing in through cracks in the cave ceiling also will have higher populations of cave organisms.
Cave life is vulnerable to many kinds of problems, such as disturbance or trampling, vandalism, overcollecting, enrichment by sewage and runoff, chemical pollution, pesticides (which have poisoned bats indirectly through their insect prey), siltation or flooding caused by water projects, invading exotic species and urbanization.
www.mdc.mo.gov /conmag/2000/03/30.htm   (2210 words)

 Missouri Cave History
Missouri became a state in 1821, and it is likely no special attention was paid to caves except by local residents until 1853, with the founding of the first Missouri Geological Survey.
Caves were noted as landmarks, or due to their association with the more important springs, if they were reported on at all.
Missouri caves were outfitted in the 1950's as fallout shelters to serve as refuges in case of nuclear attack.
members.socket.net /~joschaper/whistory.html   (1797 words)

 Blind Cave Crayfish
Cave biologists exploring a muddy stream in one of the caves found a brand new species of blind crayfish.
Some cave species are older than the caves they live in, and the caves may be millions of years old.
Toby Dogwiler is a cave scientist from the University of Missouri.
www.watersheds.org /nature/cave.htm   (322 words)

 Caves in Missouri and Surrounding Lake of the Ozarks   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Caves in Missouri and Surrounding Lake of the Ozarks
Jacob's Cave, off of TT, north of Gravois Mills, is the largest cave in the Lake area and is the only walk through cave in Missouri that is completely accessible to persons with disabilities.
The cave stream exits the mouth of the cave and forms a fin in front of the cave (fresh water swamp); too shallow for fish, but just right for a vast array of exotic plant and animal life native to this area.
www.odd.net /ozarks/caves.htm   (747 words)

 Cave History
The cave was discovered in the Winter of 1819-1820 when a man named Jack Sims was hunting and his dog chased an animal into a small opening.
The Mark Twain Cave is also the oldest show cave in the state of Missouri, giving tours for over 114 years.
Cameron Cave is the second of the three maze type caves with these passages, holding over 480 on half as much land.
www.marktwaincave.com /CaveHistory.html   (342 words)

 Fantastic Caverns - Springfield, Missouri USA - America's Ride-Through Cave - Study Guide
Common cave formations include stalactites which grow from the ceiling (stick "tite" to the ceiling), stalagmites which grow from the floor ("mite" grow to the ceiling), and columns which join the floor and ceiling.
Some caves are toured by boat (Spook Cave in Iowa, Penn's Cave in Pennsylvania, and Blue Springs Caverns in Indiana), by rail (Postojna Cave in Yugoslavia), and by jeep drawn tram (Fantastic Caverns in Missouri, Harrison Cave in Barbados).
In most Missouri caves, the amount of food is perhaps only 1/2000th of the food on the surface.
www.fantasticcaverns.com /studygde.htm   (5671 words)

 Care and Maintenance of Missouri Bat Cave
Three Missouri bat species are presently endangered: the Gray bat (Myotis grisescens), the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), and the Ozark big-eared bat (Plecotus townsendii ingens).
Gray bats live in caves throughout the year, and are very particular in choosing a location to raise their young.
Preferred caves are usually large, with a stream and a dome-shaped chamber that traps heat at the ceiling where the bats cluster.
mdc.mo.gov /nathis/mammals/batcave   (769 words)

 Missouri Cave Invertebrates
One of the most complete inventories of cave and spring dwelling invertebrates was undertaken by James E. Gardner, then wildlife biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, from September 1978 to August 1984.
The Salem Cave Crayfish occurs mostly on the Salem Plateau, and the Bristly Cave Crayfish occurs mostly on the Springfield Plateau.
Cave snails and (cavesnails) are of special interest to cave biologists, because these tiny creatures have a very limited range.
members.socket.net /~joschaper/wpod.html   (794 words)

 Missouri Speleological Survey
Its organization was coincident with the rise of organized caving activities in the state, and with publication of Bretz's "Caves of Missouri".
The Missouri Speleological Survey coordinates the efforts of various caving groups in the state, encourages and initiates constructive activities such as cave science projects, mapping and description of caves, and serves as a repository for cave data gathered by individuals and caving clubs.
It is important to explore, map and report on caves, but the increasing exploration of caves necessitates measures to protect the geological and biological wonders found underground.The MSS has adopted the Cave Conservation policy of the National Speleological Society.
www.mospeleo.org /scat.php?id=32   (581 words)

 Missouri Cave Life
Here is a sample of the typical cave life of Missouri, including trogloxenes, troglophiles, and troglobites.
This page grew out of the "Missouri Cave Life Survey", a study of the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Caves and Karst Conservancy.
Nearly 800 different species of animals have been recorded in Missouri caves, of which about 64 are truly cave-adapted troglobites or stygobites (aquatic troglobites).
www.utexas.edu /tmm/sponsored_sites/biospeleology/mocavelife/mocavelife.htm   (174 words)

 A New Missouri Cave Crayfish From The Genus Orconectes
A New Missouri Cave Crayfish From The Genus Orconectes.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has determined that a stygobitic (aquatic, cave-adapted) crayfish from Ozark County is new to science.
In Missouri Cambarus setosus was described in 1889 and C.
crayfish.byu.edu /new_caveCF.htm   (537 words)

 MoDNR Springs and Caves of Missouri   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Caves are formed when slightly acidic water combines with limestone or dolomitic rock, and dissolves the rock, creating a cavity.
Missouri is blessed with an abundance of springs.
Springs of Missouri, 84.76 MB PDF by Jerry D. Vineyard and Gerald L. Feder, with sections on fauna and flora by William L. Pflieger and Robert G. Lipscomb, 267 p., 94 figs., 26 tbls., 1974 (reprinted 1982).
www.dnr.mo.gov /env/wrc/springsandcaves.htm   (972 words)

 Addendum to AVP Report
We gated the cave, and we now have a network of cavers and MDC biologists who are trained in proper cave gating, who constitute a cave gate working group for Missouri.
Cave Usage or “Carrying Capacity”: At this time a maximum of 560 visitors people per annum (8 persons (maximum) X 1 trip per day X 70 days) would be the potential number to tour the route if all trips were filled to capacity each time.
Visitors who fulfill the permit requirements (which may include seasoned cave explorers on one end of the spectrum to flashlight carrying novices with no previous cave experience on the other end) are not "on their own" to navigate their way through the cave, but will be well supervised along a route with only moderate difficulties.
www.caves.org /nss-business/reports/aug03/avp-add.html   (9897 words)

 States of the United States: Missouri
Missouri is also known as the Cave State almost 5,500 surveyed caves including 26 commercial caves open to the public.
Kentucky and Missouri are the two States with the largest amount of caves in the United States.
As the karst with its caves is concentrated to the Ozark area, we will do the same.
www.showcaves.com /english/usa/region/mo.html   (278 words)

 Bats of Missouri, A guide to Missouri bats and their habitats
The sizes of the various bats will be presented in comparison to the eastern pipistrelle because pipistrelles are found in nearly all of the caves of Missouri and thus are familiar to most cavers.
This guide is primarily designed for the colder months of the yearly cycle because six species of bats commonly hibernate in Missouri caves, but only the endangered gray bat occupies caves in and numbers during the summer.
It was found in a few small caves in southern Missouri and still exists in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
www.nps.gov /ozar/batkey.htm   (393 words)

 Caves of the United States: Cherokee Cave
Cherokee Cave is a former beer cellar of William J. Lemp's Western Brewery.
The tradition about Cherokee Cave describes many entrances and underground labyriths which were part of the Underground Railroad, the escape route for slaves before and during civil war.
He developed the ground and the cave, building a car park and a museum, which was also entrance to the cave.
www.showcaves.com /english/usa/caves/Cherokee.html   (529 words)

 Cave Missouri Resource Guide, City or community of Cave, Missouri Facts, Information, Relocation, Real Estate, ...
The distance from Cave to Washington DC is 795 miles.
The distance to the Missouri state capital is 72 miles.
Cave is positioned 39.02 degrees north of the equator and 91.04 degrees west of the prime meridian.
www.usacitiesonline.com /mocountycave.htm   (187 words)

 Marvel Cave Missouri Postcards
This cave, first known as Marble Cave and later as Marvel Cave is now part of Silver Dollar City, an amusement park near Branson, Missouri.
Fountain of Youth, Marvel Cave on Hy-80 Shepherd of the Hills Country, MO C-464.
Spring Room Sentinel, Marvel Cave on Hy-80 Shepherd of the Hills Country, MO and G. Lynch 1939.
www.hbw.addr.com /marvelcavepc.htm   (379 words)

 Why is Missouri called the Cave State?
According to an article in the September 1986 “Rural Missouri”, Missouri has some 4,769 recorded caves, more than any other state in the Union, and this figure grows about 150 every year as new caves are discovered.
Missouri Spelelological Society Survey (MSS), in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the National Scenic Riverways is involved in mapping the caves.
Information File on caves, and patrons may wish to look at a number of books and guides to caves in Missouri in the
thelibrary.springfield.missouri.org /faq/files/mocave.cfm   (184 words)

 Rural Missouri — Buried Treasure
Funkhouser inherited the cave from the last surviving daughter of Alfred Mann, who developed the cave as an attraction in 1893.
What Crystal Cave lacks in amenities, it more than makes up for in geologic wonders, each assigned a descriptive name by the Mann family and highlighted in the beam of a rechargeable flashlight as Edith or Loyd guides groups from cavern to cavern.
Weaver, who has written about the history of show caves in Missouri, says the personal touch the Richardsons and other small cave owners bring to their tours makes for a special visit.
www.ruralmissouri.org /04pages/04SeptCave.html   (1345 words)

 Cave in Missouri veritable 'Ice Age time capsule' - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Forir and other researchers are also investigating the possibility that herds of peccary — piglike animals — sought shelter in caves thousands of years ago, as opposed to being dragged in by predators for food.
The cave had remained closed until September 2001 when construction workers stumbled onto it while building a road on the outskirts of Springfield, the state's third largest city.
Equally puzzling were the peccary tracks and turtle shells deep inside the cave.
washingtontimes.com /national/20031011-113030-8160r.htm   (846 words)

 Missouri Caves and Karst Conservancy
The Missouri Caves and Karst Conservancy is pleased to announce a cooperative effort with the Missouri Cave Association....
The Missouri Caves and Karst Conservancy is an all volunteer organization.
The Missouri Caves and Karst Conservancy is a publicly supported, non-profit and tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation chartered in the state of Missouri.
www.mocavesandkarst.org /main.htm   (426 words)

 The Cave Source
Graham Cave State Park, Danville, MO This is a sandstone cave that was occupied by Indians around 8000 BC.
Mark Twain Cave, Hannibal, MO This is the cave that Mark Twain most likely used in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer when Tom and Becky Thatcher become lost.
Meramec Caverns, Stanton, MO Onondaga Cave State Park, Leasburg, MO One of the largest lighted caves in the state, and containing a lot of formations--including large pieces of onyx.
www.cavesource.com /regions/reg_usa5.htm   (257 words)

 Cave Conservationist
There has been somewhat of a backlash against cave conservation in the last few years as a new generation of cavers senses that access to caves could be cut off by the need to preserve them.
This suggests the presence of an intact segment of lava tube cave at a lower level be neath the floor of the trench.
Many caves can be protected by simply letting a landowner know about the significant cave on their property.
www.acave.us /ccms/tc/1995maycc.htm   (8308 words)

 One climber found dead; two remain missing on mountain - CNN.com
The caves are in the same area where officials pinpointed a cell phone signal a week ago, when climber Kelly James, 48, of Dallas, Texas, told his family that he was holed up on the mountain.
Two ice axes, a sleeping bag and rope were recovered from the first snow cave, on the northwest side of the mountain, Hood River Sheriff's Department spokesman Gerry Tiffany said.
Outside the first cave, dug into the snow, was the letter "Y" -- a code used to indicate a climber's location.
www.cnn.com /2006/US/12/17/missing.climbers   (796 words)

 Bridal Cave and Thunder Mountain Park
Local folklore tells of a legendary Indian wedding ceremony held in the cave in the early 1800s.
In keeping with the tradition of the Native American legend, the Cave can be reserved for a romantic wedding chapel.
In fact thousands of school children each year explore Bridal Cave as part of their educational program.
www.bridalcave.com   (310 words)

 seMissourian.com: Story: Frozen finds: Missouri Ice Age cave slowly revealing treasures
Discovered accidentally five years ago this month on the outskirts of Springfield, Riverbluff Cave is slowly yielding its fossil treasures as a small team of scientists and volunteers gingerly explore it while trying to preserve a rich bed of remains, from bones to tracks and dung.
The first major excavation is set for this fall after years of carefully surveying the 2,000-foot long cave and collecting remains from the cave floor or protruding from the limestone and clay walls.
The cave remains closed to the public to preserve its remains.
www.semissourian.com /story/1169757.html   (801 words)

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Recently, paleontologists from the Illinois State Museum (ISM) and Northern Arizona University (NAU), along with cavers from central Missouri and eastern Iowa, visited a cave in central Missouri to examine paleontological material (bones and teeth) in the cave.
Cavers Rob Tayloe, Dusty Schubert, and Patty Daw, and paleontologists Blaine Schubert and Mona Colburn are approaching an entrance to the cave.
If you enjoyed this cave visit, you might be interested in some of these other cave and caving links.
www.museum.state.il.us /exhibits/larson/cave_visit   (406 words)

 Missouri Cave Life   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Missouri is a state in the central USA.
The Missouri River flows east across the state and into the Mississippi River.
But caves are also important refuges for common wildlife to escape cold, drought and predators.
www.utexas.edu /depts/tnhc/.www/biospeleology/mocavelife/mocavelife.htm   (174 words)

 Cave Vineyard | Ste. Genevieve Winery | Missouri Winery
Genevieve County, Missouri, the vineyard derives its name from the cave on our property.
The 14 acres of grapes are cared for by the Strussione family, owners of the property since 1995.
Share a bottle of wine in our natural cave wine cellar, or enjoy our tasting room that overlooks the hills of Ste.
www.cavevineyard.com   (101 words)

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