Crew: Kaylee Dorn, Trent Hanson, AJ Horton, Kristy Fyhrie, Amber Guenther,
Lacey Carlson, Melany Arceneau
Uncle Sue's Autograph
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CAVE: We went to wind cave, the fourth longest
cave in the world at apx., 128 miles long. There is only one natural entrance to this
cave which is about 2’ by 1’ wide. Since
this opening to the cave is too small for most people to fit in they made a man
made revolving door to get in. The revolving
door helps keep the pressure normal inside the cave. There are little honeycomb shaped structures
on some pieces of the ceiling in the cave called box work, as you will see in
some of the pictures. 95% of the worlds
box work exists in wind cave.
Later on in the day we went out hiking
at wind cave national park. Our goal was
to pretend that we were little rain drops and we were to explain how we got
down into the cave. This also helped us
figure out how the cave was formed. On
the hike we were excited by the sight of the skeleton of a dead bison.
For our second stop of the day we got to go
back stage to see how the people their uncover fossils. In some cases they sell the fossils of the
dinosaurs so they have to create molds of the bones so they can keep records of
them. Neil Larson was one of the two men
who started the museum. If you ever want
to see someone who truly enjoys his job come meet Neil. He talked to us for about half an hour. We talked about the different kinds of
dinosaurs and how and when they were found.
In the year 1990 Neil uncovered Sue, (most complete T Rex at the
time.) Now Sue is in the museum in Chicago.
HOT SRINGS: Later
on in the day, as a treat, we were given the opportunity to go swim at hot springs
. Although it
wasn’t very warm it was a special treat for those of us who decided to go. We
jumped off the cliff. Patrick Schuette,
a college chaperone, decided to slide down a part of the water fall and the
rock was a little jagged. Some of the boys decided to follow. As one of them quoted, “Patrick you may make
a good science teacher, but not a very good swimming one.” It was a lot of fun even though it was cold.
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