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EarthCache

Knapp Hills Spring EarthCache

A cache by Da Bloodhound
Hidden : 3/14/2008
In Wisconsin, United States
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size: not chosen (not chosen)

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Geocache Description:


Simply stated, a spring is a spot where ground water, or the aquifer, meets the ground surface thus allowing for water flow. Springs may be intermittent in flow called ephemeral, or continuous in flow called perennial, as this spring is.

 

The source of this springs water is the same underground aquifer that supplies area wells. Because the source is the same for both, the health and quality of the aquifer may be monitored at the spring.

 

Springs are typically classified by the amount of water that flows from them. Magnitude 8 springs flow or discharge from as little as >1 pint/minute. Magnitude 1 springs have a flow or discharge rate of over 100 cu. ft./second. This spring probably would be classified as a magnitude: 5 and have a flow rate of 10 to 100 gal/min.

 

In the scenic hills just to the north of the sleepy little Wisconsin town of Knapp, Mother Nature has hidden some special treasures. These gems are the many small springs where sparkling ground water, seemingly by magic, bubbles and gurgles to the surface through cracks in the limestone strata and flows into tiny streams.

 

Springs are a special and almost magical place for many that visit them. Often wildlife may be observed near the waters. The immediate area and just down stream from the spring is often times choked full of bright green watercress, even in the dead of winter. And, just yards away from where the spring emerges tiny brook trout may be seen darting back and forth in the crystal clear waters of the stream created.

 

Springs are special as there is no way for us to create a new one. Those we have must be protected and guarded for the resource and natural wonders that they are. The very condition and quality of our precious ground water is on display at these springs.

This particular spring is un-named. It is a contributing spring branch to the north fork of Wilson Creek, a native trout habitat. The lands it is located on are Wisconsin DNR managed public hunting and fishing grounds.

 

A special “Thanks” to Mr. Marty Engles, Wisconsin DNR Area Chief Fisheries Biologist, for information about this spring and approval of the subsequent Earth Cache.

 

To claim this Earth Cache you must do the following:

1. Take a photo of yourself, and your GPSr with the spring in the background.

2. With a thermometer take readings of the ambient air temperature the day.you are there and a reading of the water temperature as close to the spring as practical.

3. Post your photo on the cache page and email me with your temperature results.

 

Special equipment you will need, beside your GPSr to claim this cache:

1. A digital camera

2. A rugged digital thermometer on a tether

3. A pen and paper

 

Failure to comply with these requirements will result in your log being deleted.

* * NO EXCEPTIONS * *

 

Please DO NOT drink from the spring as the water purity has NOT been verified.

Note: Wisconsin Geocache Placement Notification form #2500-118 ® 6/06 has been submitted to Marty Engel, Property Manager and Area Chief Fisheries Biologist. Contact at Baldwin Area DNR Service Center, 890 Spruce St. Baldwin, WI 54002. (715) 684-2914

 

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Last Updated: on 9/19/2014 7:24:18 AM Pacific Daylight Time (2:24 PM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum