50 Years Under the Sinkhole Plain
The Binkley Cave System Story
ISBNs: 978-1495104183 978-1495104190
Chronicles the rich history and ongoing exploration of the Binkley Cave System through those who know it best.
Fifty Years Under the Sinkhole Plain chronicles the exploration of the Binkley Cave System, from the collapse of a small pond south of Corydon, Indiana, to its current status as the longest cave in Indiana and the 11th longest cave in the United States. Much has been written about a few of America’s great caves. However as Dr. Art Palmer, well-known cave expert and author of Cave Geology wrote, “There is not that much in the literature on sinkhole plain caving.” For the most part, the large stream caves of sinkhole (karst) plain that covers large areas of many eastern states have been long overlooked.
The story of the Binkley Cave System will give the reader vivid insight into what sinkhole plain caving is all about. In large measure, it is also the story of the Indiana Speleological Survey (ISS), a loose knit group of Indiana cavers, several of whom are in their fifth decade of unraveling the secrets of Binkley. Follow them on long, arduous trips through the cold water and the seemly ever present mud, as they push their personal limits while experiencing flash floods, rock falls, body-sized squeezes, sleazy slime, and numbing fatigue. What motivates intelligent people to subject themselves to such adversity? Come along and share their adventure as they explore, survey, dig and blast their way into virgin cave.