Thursday, July 24, 2008

Snowy River

Snowy River is a natural anomaly beneath the earth's surface in New Mexico. Most people have never even heard of it, much less seen it, and that's because scientists and researchers fear for the delicate feature.

No one is certain how it was formed, but the dominant theory is that floods have deposited thin layers of calcite throughout the years. During trips in 2001, 2003, and 2005, Snowy River was completely dry; spelunkers were shocked to discover the anomaly wet in 2007. It took several months to dry out. They have no idea where the water came from, how long it was there, nor where it went.

Politicians are moving to have the Fort Stanton Cave named a National Conservation.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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