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2015 Calendar by Fort Stanton Cave Study Project


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This is a beautiful calendar full of amazing photographs from inside the now measured 31.5 miles of Fort Stanton Cave in Central East New Mexico. The project continues and is a major scientific study. There was a very limited number of these calendars printed for 2015.  They will not be printing any more for this year.  Get yours before they are gone.


The Fort Stanton Cave Study Project History: (copied from the FSCSP.Org website:) 

The FSCSP (Fort Stanton Cave Study Project) was organized exclusively for scientific purposes. Specifically, we are involved in the detailed study of Fort Stanton Cave including survey and exploration, biological studies including bats, geological studies including gravity and resistivity surveys, hydrology (water studies), cartography and history.

A number of National Speleological Society cavers, including two of the current officers and several others, started an informal version of the Fort Stanton Cave Study Project in 1965. At first, we were doing various research projects such as inventory of cave animals (bats, millipedes, Thysanurans, Diplurans, mites, etc.), temperature and humidity spot measurements, and several serious digging projects that were following airflow (an indicator of additional large cave passages). We started updating the existing maps as our knowledge of the cave increased.

In January 1967, we started resurveying the known cave and made a lot of progress during the rest of that decade. In 1969, two of the digging projects had significant breakthroughs into Lincoln Caverns and the Bat Cave Extension. At the same time, discussions with Don Sawyer of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) resulted in plans to build two large gates (Main Gate and Bat Cave Gate) to give the BLM some additional physical protection for the cave. The BLM, through Don Sawyer’s efforts, managed to appropriate $5,000 for this effort and in 1970 the FSCSP formally become a non-profit 501.c.3 organization with emphasis on the planning, organization and managment of the gating project with the assistance of the Southwestern Region of the NSS. After successful completion of the gating project the group decided to abandon the 501.c.3 status and return to an informal organization dedicated to studying Fort Stanton Cave and surrounding areas. (In March, 2010, the FSCSP was incorporated and again obtained 501.c.3 status as a non-profit organization.)

The FSCSP continued to be quite active until the late 1970s when many cavers started work on other projects. During the 1980s, the FSCSP was doing occasional survey work, lots of ridge walking, more digging, and analysis of prospects for future discoveries. In the 1990s digging continued and a major extension to the cave was discovered in 2001. The new passage, called Snowy River, is very important because of the intermittent water flow in an underground stream - highly unusual for the normally dry caves located in the semi-arid Southwest.

Copyright 10/1/2014 

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