Cave and karst specialist,
Knutt Peterson of Bureau of Land Management, presents the latest information on The Fort Stanton - Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area (NCA) at the Capitan Public Library on
20, at 2 p.m.
With the discovery of Snowy
River Passage in 2001 within Fort Stanton Cave, a tremendous amount of exploration and scientific research has been accomplished. Extensive photo-documentation has occurred and exploration continues to the extent of human endurance.
|NCA area - more than 25,000 acres|
In 2009 the area around Fort
Stanton Cave was designated as a National Conservation Area (NCA) with more than
25,000 acres in order to protect
this important resource. The new NCA is managed by the
out of the Roswell Field Office. Access to the Snowy River discovery is limited to research and exploration teams.
Peterson is also the Outdoor
Recreation Planner for the Fort Stanton NCA. He is a GIS specialist and geographer having earned a MS in Physical Geography and a BS in Geography with a Geology minor from the University of New Mexico.
On the public computers at
the Capitan Library is a simulation for the Fort Stanton Cave Study Project Caver Quest. This is a 3D simulation of sections of Fort Stanton Cave and the Snowy River. It it like a video game with avatars to explore the cave. You can explore some of it at home on a 14.4 MB wmv video file or a longer 46.2 MB wmv video at
tps://fscsp.org/CQ6/index.html , although it requires some lengthy download time (in fact they suggest you go out for a cup of coffee while it downloads). NO downloading required if you come use Caver Quest on library computers!
devote a portion of his presentation to show Caver Quest to the audience. The simulation gives you a “bat’s eye view “ of the cave.
For more information call
Capitan Public Library at 575- 354-3035.
101 E. 2nd Street,
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