Ian MacKenzie sent us samples taken from strange ball
formations in a Canada cave. The collection was one of the cleanest
I've worked with and the initial results are here: raw data grid file HTML output with best matches
| raw data
|Subaqueous cave hairs are now under
investigation in the lab. Tom Gilleland sent a small stone and water
sample for a pool found in an Arizona cave. The pool walls were
festooned with "hairs" that appeared to be of biological origin.
Heterotrophic organisms have been cultured from both the rock and water
sample and the raw data, grid, and html file are here to look over...as
for the hairs, I already know what they are and have cultures of them
taken directly from the small hairs on the stone, as well as "baited"
cultures directly from the water.
have a ream of data from the 1990 NSS Costa Rica Expedition
you might find interesting. Here are the raw notes from the
expedition that I typed on a small portable while
in the rain forest.
"Moonmilk" Sample from Switzerland is plated on malt agar and now growing colonies. Several mucoid colonies heave appeared, likely bacteria. Some fungi have appeared, and possibly one dark Nocardia or Actinomyces. Odor of all plates is mild. Some subcultures have been made, especially one white fungus with moderately fast growing Cephalosporium as of May 1997. Thin Layer Chromatography will be attempted on extracts from dried mycelia.
|The "data reduction" programs and other support files will be here for you to play with. This listing includes cave microorganisms. The GWBASIC programs use generic code. Grid.bas grids data stored in tagged or header style into a uniform header format for further analysis and comparison. I will have more to post on this later or call me and I can walk you thru the maze. grid.bas has been updated. Biodiversity index can now be calculated.||data
|I did a short exploration in the Old Newgate Prison, in Simsbury CT. These are actually old copper mines that were uses to keep prisoners many years ago. A section of old tunnel which was underwater for many years dried out enough to allow exploration for about 50 feet. I collected a sample of rusticle from an old wooden artifact and tried to make some cultures in the lab. Also, I attempted to dissolve out the metals in the specimen with oxalic acid, and now have a petri dish of orange rust to explore!|
|Colorado cave water sample results are here. These are the aerobic and microaerophilic heterotrophs that came up early on carbon-rich media. The data is in the raw entry format using tagged fields. The GRID program above can use this data.||Colorado cave water
|Exploration in Mexico has turned
up an interesting cave life form
possible related to that from Movile: USNews
|Bacteria data from Lechuguilla cave, NM is here. You can read these files with "Notepad" or any text editor.|
tagged fields format
|Speleology--Caves and the Cave Environment(1977) by George W. Moore and Nicholas Sullivan has now been printed and is available from Cave Books, 4700 Amberwood Drive, Dayton, OH 45424 . Prices are hardback $21.95, paperback $15.95, plus shipping and handling as follows: North America $2.50; elsewhere, surface mail $3.50|
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