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Behave Yourself! – Rockwatching Blogging Protocal


scan0001, originally uploaded by Mic2006.

Well, Rockwatching has been up and running for a number of years now (5 to be exact) and I believe it has contributed significantly to the interest of people like myself who like caving, rocks, the outdoors, gems and minerals in Ontario.

We are just a few short days from 2011 and I believe it’s high time we made some resolutions -all of us  (you my loyal fellow bloggers as well).

So in the interests of all involved a few ground rules to follow on Rockwatching from now on

1) Lets not carry a personal vendetta onto this site which is meant to be a forum where like minded enthusiasts can interact in a positive way.
2) Lets respect each other and try not to get personal when we are frustrated.
3) Lets respect the basics of conservation and eco-minded thought.
4) Lets not assume stuff we don’t know for sure (hence the survey at the bottom of the post).
5) Lets keep in mind that this is all about enjoyment.
6) Lets keep in mind that just because the topic is on the table, every single aspect that pertains to it is not an open book.
7) Lets respect people who are not on the site, private property, reputations etc. Just because there is discussion of a site or feature does not mean permission has been granted to go there.

8) Lets not get petty, self righteous or important. Stop correcting my grammar, spelling or use of terms. I am a writer at heart and so I believe I can use the language as I please (providing it’s in good taste, or if I choose, not in good taste).

9) Lets not waste my time by having to re-direct you to one of the above rules.

Happy and prosperous 2011 – Mick

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Opening a tube in the Eramosa Karst

old pics 065, originally uploaded by Mic2006.

Some people might wonder what is wrong with this guy, why he might spend his Saturday afternoon in this disgusting manner, but in truth, he could think of no better way. (There is some air space just above the water behind me)

This picture was taken just before the duck that leads into the cavity as shown in the previous post.

You can see the scalloping on the walls. They give clues to the type of water flow. There are especially large scallopings in the space beyond. This is indicative of a relatively slow moving current. In caves where there is constriction at a ventury or narrow opening you will see small scallops indicating an especially turbulent flow. (eg. just above the water filled tube in Museum cave)

At this time I had not seen anything beyond what you see here but the cave had been breathing in and out and I was quite optimistic of onward leading passage.

There are a couple of interesting digs that have taken place in the area, one of which I am presently involved in and one that I had been participating in a couple of winters ago – the details of which were published in the Toronto Caver (Club magazine of the Toronto Cave Group).

In this winter dig that I had participated in – (XS Wire Cave), we had worked our way along a crevice for several feet down to a rocky tube. Our progress had been temporarily halted by a lump in the bottom of the passage. In freezing water (30 below up top) Greg Warchol removed the lump and we continued on to an “almost sump”. I suppose we could have continued on – there was an echo from above the pool where we stopped, but the logistics and effort were just to much. Hindsight says I wish we had.

In light of the comment made in the preceeding post by Andrew, I am encouraged to hear that others are also having some success. Be safe please – caving can be hazardous.

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A hidden grotto in the Eramosa Karst

IMG004-1, originally uploaded by Mic2006.

Here is an interesting picture that I had taken at the bottom of a solution tube in the Eramosa Karst. This was before it was an ANSI and we were still being kind of covert. We had been digging out garbage – old bottles and wire for several weekends – on/off we opened up a water filled crevice and in squeezing through I found myself in this hidden grotto.

The water was absolutely freezing and it took every ounce of will-power to not begin hyperventilating, but the discovery of this cavity was well worth the suffering. Down to my left there is a low shelf passage that leads off deeper into the system, but on the day that this picture was taken it was still submersed below a muddy pool of water.

It is quite interesting to see the blackened walls – stained by organic pigment.

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