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Project GEO

Geotechnical Engineering
Earth Science Outreach

Dr. Nick Hudyma
The University of North Florida
Bo Smith
Terry Parker High School

Spring 2004 Term Projects

Model Studies of the Formation of Caves
  Last Updated: May 17th    

Hi There!

I must say that we are sorry for the update delay. We got sidetracked. But we thank you for your support during this experiment. Needless to say our first cave failed. But our second showed more promising results. We ended up with two stalagmites and about six or seven stalactites.
We even had 2 columns! In the end of the experiment we took photos of the cave. The view is somewhat blurry, but you can pretty much make out what is what.
The right side of the cave dissolved quickly. That made the sand and clay above it collapse. Using the photos taken by the webcam Chris and I made a sort of movie. This was and impeg movie that we had a little fun with. We used the emboss feature to show the dissolving action of the sugar cubes.
We also used an x-ray feature to show the formation of the stalagmites and stalactites in the cave. So the movie wouldn't take up valuable time, we made each slide two seconds long.
We'll  try to put that on here if it is possible. Also, have new pictures. We expect to have those posted A.S.A.P.
Thank you and have a nice day!

Any questions? Please email  me or Dr. Hudyma or Mr. Smith .

Trogs Image
                                               These are the 'world famous' 'Troglodytes' (The Trogs)
Mac Lewis on the left & Chris Mahaffay on the right

Click here to watch the progress of our cave!

This is our webcam setup- Very Cool!
This is the set-up with a sand layer (top layer) then a clay layer (middle layer) and the sugar cube layer on the bottom.  The drip line is at the top.

Image Gallery of Our Project

Saturday, February 28th

Trogs 3 Image
Trogs 4 Image
Trogs 5 Image
Upper Left- Joy Laggui, UNF Civil Engineering senior and Project GEO student assistant, explains the construction of the Cave apparatus to 'The Trogs'

Above- The 'Trogs' put the final touches on the cave 

To the Left-  Joy  shows the 'Trogs' how to adjust the 
                     water drip line 

Saturday, March 6th

Saturday, March 27th