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Not a cave, not an air shaft for a mine. That’s the conclusion of the cave people I’ve been communicating with about the break in the rocks that I discovered last week that is steadily flowing air. (See my previous posts for two videos) I went up before dawn, thinking the bee hive present at the opening would be less active but that was not the case. These shots were the best I could do while swatting a few bees away. It appears that a two and a half foot opening drops down about four feet and then hits quartzite. Small openings in fractured rocks below are probably passing this air flow. A neat geological occurrence but one I can’t find a name for. Anybody have one? A caver writes to me saying, “Air flow can be caused by temperature fluctuations and in bigger caves, barometric pressure. Entrances at different elevations too will cause varied effects. (we use the term "breathing" with caves) I own a cave property in Arizona with an unknown void that exhales large amounts of cold air during the peak summer days, and tends to slow or even suck air in over the evening. In the wintertime, movement is much less noticeable.” I’ll try sometime to get quality audio, it’s a wild mix of slightly rushing air and bee buzzing. #caves#mines#exploring#nopahwilderness #inyocounty#geology#geologyrocks #geologistonboard #wilderness #mountains#nopah#pahrump250

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