Mystery Cache

Powers of Ten

A cache by Iowa Tom Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 12/25/2004
In Iowa, United States
2.5 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Flood water level check. National Weather Service flood stage is 12 feet.

To find this geocache you will first need to locate a "sighting tube" pointing the way to the real cache. Very little bushwhacking is necessary.

Please do not describe any part of this geocache in your public logs! You will know when you are close when you find the lowest spot of this Greenbelt trail. That part is often under at least a few inches of water. I believe you can get to it without having to cross any water by starting near my The Fox Den cache, but that is a longer walk.

In an attempt to relate the original geocache to the concept of "Powers of Ten," the first container was like a Russian nesting doll. The log paper was within the last of 5 "dolls."

So what is "Powers of Ten"? Once when a little boy was studying an ant crawling across the floor of his house he asked his mother, “We never will know how big the house is will we?” What he meant was, from the ant’s perspective, the house was seemingly limitless in size. So how do WE comprehend how big our house, the universe, really is? Well, in 1957 a Dutch educator came up with a way to express the size of things from really big to really small in his book called "Cosmic View, the Universe in 40 Jumps". Then two decades later, Charles Eames and Philip Morrison made what has become a classic 9-minute film showing the same concept. Their movie was called, “Powers of Ten.” An animation of this unique concept can be found at the following location. Now when you sequentially "close in" on the log book in this cache think of this animation and try to imagine why I called this hide, Powers of Ten. Here is another cool website having to do with proportions.

The coordinates will lead you to a 4 inch long tube at a height of 5 feet. Look through that tube. In one of two directions it points to a rather large "cache tree." The tree is not far off. It's up to you to find it.

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