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EarthCache

Frankenstein Cave

A cache by oldtimer1
Hidden : 10/8/2007
In Iowa, United States
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
3 out of 5

Size: Size: not chosen (not chosen)

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Geocache Description:

Cache is in the Ozark Wildlife Area. Coordinates are for parking.
This point is the beginning of a dirt road. If it is dry or you have 4 wheel drive you can proceed to 42-11.934 and 90-51.691.
There is a sign on yor left that says "Pedestrian Traffic"

At the Pedestrian Traffic Only sign, proceed up the rocky ravine for 1/4 mile and look to your right where the stream makes a bend. Here you will see a bluff that resembles the head of Frankenstein. The cave entrance is nearby.
The Rocky ravines are the "magnesion doles" of the old geological surveys. They run back from the Maquoketa River.
The Ozark rock is covered with tiny solution sponging, typical of the Hopkinton dolomite. In places you may see abundant fossils.

Dolomite is a common sedimentary rock-forming mineral that can be found in massive beds hundreds of feet thick.
Dolomite can be found in its crystal form and may look like jasper.

You may also see fossilized honeycomb. It is an extinct corral that weathers out of the rock.

Please leave anything you find in place as removing specimens from public areas is prohibited.
Once you enter the cave try to imagine when the Indians lived here and occupied this cave.
At the back of the cave is the entrance to a small passageway. After about a dozen feet the passage opens into a wide space that contains a few stalagmites.
Stalagmites are upward-growing calcite mounds deposited from drip water.

Bring your camera along and take some pictures you can upload to the cache page.

To claim a find for this cache you must answer the following questions and e-mail me the answers.
Question #1. What is the approxamate size of the main room of the cave?
Question # 2. What is in front of the entrance to the passageway at the back of the cave?
Do not post the answers on the cache page.

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Last Updated: on 5/24/2014 1:59:35 PM Pacific Daylight Time (8:59 PM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum