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Friday, 26 January 2007 10:23
Caving is an an experience that provides student with a chance to learn about new environments, and work together to achieve a common goal. Caving builds confidence and a sense of teamwork. Learning about the geology and ecology is part of the Middle School and High School curriculum. Caving gives the student the opportunity to see these things in a totally different setting. Caving in this particular setting also provided a chance to look at the historical context of the cave. The area in which the cave is found was an important part of Civil War history.
Pettijohn's cave was discovered in 1837. It is located in Walker County Georgia. The cave is over 6 miles in total length. The students of Hightower Academy are shown here exploring part of the cave.
Entrance to Pettijohn's Cave. Pettijohn's is a classic solution cave, it was formed by ground
water slowly dissolving the limestone rock of the cave.
Here we see Josh working his way into the cave following the path formed
by the ground water.
Here students are descending to the lower parts of the cave. Water will go to the lowest point,
seeking its level. We are headed to the part of the cave that is still "active".
Matt is climbing up after being in the part of the cave that is still "active". The students were
able to see formations caused by the mineral content in the water precipitating
into stalactites and stalagmites.
Caving is hard work and requires concentration and cooperation on the part of the students.
Caving also requires teamwork. Lending a hand, learning that more can be accomplished when
learning is done together.
Students learn by following the lead of other students.
Looking back and thinking how far we have come and how much we have learned.
Hang in there Matt help is coming! Having fun is part of every good learning experience.
Working our way out of the cave. Students retrace their steps and reflect on how the cave fits
into the geology and ecology of the area.
Shane emerges from the cave. Each students benefits from a shared learning experience in
a different way.
Keith expresses his desire to stay in the cave longer. Caving ignites the natural curiosity in
students, and makes them want to learn and explore even more.
A happy, muddy, group of cave explorers.
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