Broken Horn Survey - Nov. 2006

   

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Central Oklahoma Grotto
Broken Horn Cave - November 18, 2007
Participants: Dale Amlee, John & Sue Bozeman, Duane Del Vecchio, Roy Diehl, Lil Town, Jon Woltz

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Saturday - Nov. 18th.... Oklahoma - Where the wind comes sweeping down the plains.... Cavers from Oklahoma City, Altus, Lawton... and even Weatherford converged on Betty's place to continue the mapping of Broken Horn Cave.
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It is Fall - Nice Garden Betty! A week before Thanksgiving these turkeys are off to pick up where the previous teams had left off. At the site we would split into two teams... one downstream... one upstream.
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The Target - That bowl...at the bottom is this little bitty hole that people like us enjoy squeezing though! So Dale, Roy, and D head down... It was blowing out of the hole some mighty warm air!! Much warmer than the 55 degrees of the outside!
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Hummm... do we have to go though there? Where's the stairs? the escalator? Elevator??? Oh boy....here we go... and it's a tighty!! It was pretty muddy as the last trip they had a lot of rain and couldn't do the cave survey. Lots of stuff washed in.
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It looks like a wild fungus is branching out to find nutrients left over from the rains. There were LOTS of our little pinching friends (crayfish) in the pools while we hiked to the start point. What the cave was named for... Broken Horn - A broken horn with part of the skull and vertebrae still attached.
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It has become quite mineralized along with many other bones strewn around the underground stream. Cave formation made of pure crystal selinite. Another chunk of clear crystal selinite shaped like Oklahoma!
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Worth another look on the beginning of Oklahoma's Centennial Celebration. Roy scouting around at a rest point. Dale from up high (up in the clouds) (actually the fog off of the Sol fat guy taking the picture)
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See...I actually go in caves too ... it was quite warm and I was sweating my rear off! We finally got to the point where we were to pick up where Dale left off last time. We check the map and try to figure out if a side passage is a parallel passage or unique.
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They left the flagging on top of a high rock (about 12 feet up) and it was covered in mud and gunk! Which means the cave floods to the ceiling in this area!! The passage we were to start on. Roy ran book while Dale took readings. Duane learned how to use a brunton and hence...took a long time to do each point... sorry gang! And the bat picture I always have to have!!! Of all the cave we only saw this one pip. It was just too hot! 62 degrees!!
   

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