fox hole, van buren county, tennessee, gypsum beard passage, elliot stahl, dave stahl 1

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Gypsum cotton is rare in southeastern U.S. caves. I only know of maybe three caves in Tennessee where it occurs. This area of the cave is far from the entrance. My last visit was maybe ten years ago. I remember the gypsum cotton forming beards that hung down as much as three feet. The beards were so fragile that they moved in the breeze created by a passing caver. I definitely saw two hand crumbled balls of gypsum cotton that I suspect were pulled off the ceiling. Both are visible in this image. Although this image does not depict exactly what I had in mind at least it shows the passage.


title fox hole, van buren county, tennessee, gypsum beard passage, elliot stahl, dave stahl 1
date yyyymmdd hr:mn 2009:01:18 08:00:37
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