Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Underground Adventure

This past weekend, my wife, some friends and I all drove to southern Arizona to visit Kartchner Caverns and the Copper Queen Mine.  It was very interesting being underground in these two locations.  It felt a little like a dungeon adventure!

Some comparison/contrast observations:

Cavern Mine
Walls are smooth, natural in appearance Walls are rough, chunky, evidence of tools used
Wet, dripping water, mud, pools of water Dry, dusty
Warm, humid (80°F+) Cold, dry (47°F)
Flowstone, stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws Wooden supports, metal bolts, tools
Bats, guano, crickets, ground sloth Evidence of human(oid) activity

One key idea -- without light you are doomed!!!

Here are some pics I found online of the two places.  Enjoy!




Trey said...

Good pics and observations.

One particular picture gives me an idea. What if our ol pal the hook horror was recast as a subterranean subspecies of megatherium?

Jim said...

@Trey -- super cool idea. You could just "reskin" the Hook Horror and viola!