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Mammoth Cave [9]

Mammoth Cave is a lava tube near Tionesta, California.  I've been here about five times & have never fully explored it, though I've heard it has about 1.59 miles of passages.  The cave itself has high ceilings initially but then it becomes a continuous crawling maze of intricate passageways through wet mud & ropy pahoehoe.  This is the tunnel coming in from the entrance leading to the junction room w/ a ceiling height around 10 feet.  All the small holes in the sand are from water droplets falling off the small lavacicles on the ceiling - each droplet carries small amounts of sand particles which as you can see has filled up a lot of the passageways.  A visit in January 2015 I got extremely disoriented deep inside & lost for about 45 minutes as I kept repeating my tracks before remembering that the entrance is higher up & the cave itself gradually slopes downwards in elevation.  From there I was able to find my way out.  This next time that I visited seven months later, there was a dead dog exactly where I had gotten lost last time, there was nothing but dog tracks everywhere & it eventually died of starvation in there. 

Copyright: William L
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 20756x10378
Taken: 22/03/2020
Uploaded: 04/04/2020


Tags: mammoth cave; tionesta; california; lava tube; sand; klamath basin
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