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Spooky Canyon EarthCache

Hidden : 07/29/2009
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Geocache Description:

Hot, Dry, Slot Canyon in a beautiful area. Narrow passages where it is often only possible to see a few feet ahead, as the canyon twists and turns through many bends.

The floor of Spooky Gulch is sometimes sandy but often just bare rock, which narrows to a sharp point in some places and although a few pools may form during wet weather, the canyon is much drier than either Brimstone or Peekaboo, its neighbors to the east and west. When the cliffs close in, the gulch is deep and narrow from the start, with a few very straight channels at first then extremely winding thereafter - sharp bends, thin protruding fins of rock, small potholes and occasional boulders partially blocking the passageway. In some sections, sideways walking is required, and larger people may not be able to walk all the way through.A slot canyon is a narrow canyon, formed by the wear of water rushing through rock. A slot canyon is significantly deeper than it is wide. Some slot canyons can measure less than one metre (3 ft) across at the top but drop more than 30 m (100 ft) to the floor of the canyon.

Most slot canyons are formed in sandstone and limestone rock, although slot canyons in other rock types such as granite and basalt are possible. Even in sandstone and limestone, only a very small number of creeks will form slot canyons. This is due to a combination of the particular characteristics of the rock, and regional rainfall.
Seen from the surface, a slot appears as a slash, a dark and rock-solid grin. From within things are different. You do not find darkness, but a palette of colors, transmitted by light filtering down from above, bouncing wall to wall. Below the rim, the light creates a warm glow. Farther down the walls it becomes red, then purple, and finally a deep gray.

Waves, curls, arches and whorls - the sort of features only wind and water could conceive, all fashioned from stone, yet as fluid as the forces that shape them. It's a dream world where lines bend, upside is down, and inside is out.

Slots are rare: the conditions for their development exacting. These intricate little canyons begin as hairline cracks in the sandstone, cracks found by flowing water and enlarged sand grain by sand grain.

Where there is the slightest irregularity, the water has greater force on one side of the crack than on the other and a widening occurs. This allows the water to swirl; gradually a round hollow appears, softer material is washed away and patina is formed.

A slot is a series of the convoluted hollows, connected by narrow passages of varying width and length. In deeper slots, these hollows stacked on hollows climb to a height of many stories and are difficult to penetrate.

To log this cache, You need to answer the following questions.

1. How long is this canyon, use your gps to measure your route.
2. how wide is the canyon at the narrowest point.
3. Take a photo of your gps at the listed co-ords, showing the co-ords on your gps.
4.Take a picture of canyon at co-ords.

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