This study was started to test a hypothesis that the major caves in the West Desert were hydrothermally heated. Cave temperatures are created from the heating from the cave's surrounding rock. The 3-year mean surface temperature should closely represent the mean cave temperature. So far the 3 caves being monitored maintain temperatures substantially higher than the 50.5 degrees F mean surface temperature. In the present climate conditions, the mean surface temperature should be higher than normal. Just leads one to wonder where all the hot air is coming from?
THE DATA HAS DISAPPEARED - Michael Leavitt 3/17/2009
The data is collected from Nutty Putty Cave, Blowhole Cave, and Candlelight Cave every 2 hours using Watchdog Model 100 Temperature dataloggers. Each datalogger is located about 100 to 200 ft from the cave's entrances.
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