Results:

Several LIDAR scans were obtained during the first SLC excursion to be used in a
preliminary reconstruction of the SLC public and restricted-access regions. Observations of the
physical conditions in the SLC revealed that the stability of the caverns and water table depth
were uncertain and variable. Dynamic systems and a biological community were also observed
in the SLC during this initial trip.

 

Dynamic Systems:

Insect life, specifically mosquitoes were present in the SLC, as was an aquatic
environment which has varied notably in size and extent since the discovery of the SLC’s
greater extent. A fast-flowing spring is present in the lower area if the caverns. Fossils are
present in cavern walls as we might expect, examples of which are presented in Figure 1.
Stalactites, as well as distinct and intact stratum visible in Figure 2, are present in SLC walls and
on parts of the cavern ceiling. These features have potential for use as indicators of the regions
recent climatic history and geologic events.