Bulletin of the National Speleological Society - ISSN 0146-9517
Volume 25 Part 2: 83-87 - July 1963

A publication of the National Speleological Society

Cross Piracy Drainage Development in the Newsome Sinks Area of Alabama
W.W. Varnedoe, Jr.


In the Newsome Sinks area of Morgan County of northern Alabama a young, surface stream cut across and down into an older, undergound drainage system that formerly resurged at Sidmore Cave. As a result each captured the drainage of the other. The present alignment of the caves in the area, the Newsome Sinks water resurgence at Hughes Spring and the resurgence at Skidmore Cave can best be explained by this history. Newsome Sinks is today a large landlocked valley containing no surface streams and numerous caves.

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