Cave Exploration

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#3 Jan 22, 2014
Marion County continues to violate the law and the tribe's rights. Attorney Timothy Youngblood sent this message;
"I understand your frustration. I did want to also provide you the following document, which was provided to me for your review at the hearing last week. The essential point of it is that regardless of the merits of your application for exemption, the ad-valorem taxes have to be paid in order to even have the applied for exemption considered. If it is determined that you are exempt, that money would then be refunded to you. It is important that the taxes are paid before the deadline listed, because that would be an automatic bar to our claims for recovery. " It has already been declared by the DOJ that he county is violating our civil rights and they refuse to stop.

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#4 Mar 25, 2014
Returned again on March 15. All the trash on the outside of the gate was cleaned up by Jeremy, the drive way and parking area was cleared. Chunks of the boulders blocking the main passage is being broken up, dirt washed back in was removed and slowly the passage is being mapped. The entrance and the clay filled first chamber are now measured and mapped. Planning to return next week.
The TERRANAUT CORPS have a Orange, Citrus, Pasco and Marion County chapter now and the head of the Marion chapter discovered a new cave a few miles to the north of the tribe's property.

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#5 Mar 27, 2014
The resurrected newsletter; THE SUBTERRANEAN, has been finished and the first issue since its last printing around 1997 is available at the FaceBook group; TERRANAUT CORPS. Memberships ID cards are ready and a patch prototype is being made. The next trip to Dragon Cave is planned for April 3 but may be pushed off to Thursday.

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#8 May 3, 2014
We are planning the next trip to Dragon Cave for Sunday, May 11 a day after the meeting. Hopefully the weather will co operate. The objective is to remove as much of the dirt and debris from the cave floor as possible before further digging out the passages can be done. The remains of the large chert boulders will have to be broken up further before they can be lifted out of the cave.

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#10 May 19, 2014
The May 18 trip to Dragon Cave made a great deal of progress. Jeremy turned the boulders into a pile of smaller rocks, I found that he fissure crossing is a vertical fissure filled with dirt (that is probably walkable once the rock projections are removed), we discovered the probability of a chamber behind the wall in the main passage that may connect to the fissure crossing. Fissure Crossing appears to have more passage on the southeast side which needs to be opened from the main passage. We found bones of at least two animals buried in the dirt in the Fissure Crossing. We removed a lot of dirt and some of the rocks from the cave and again Jeremy and his daughter were again nipped by dragon, drawing blood.
We really need some locals in Orange County to provide transport to head up to the cave.

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#14 Jul 30, 2014
The Sentinel printed another ad which resulted in two locals who have called to confirm their attendance to the TERRANAUT CORPS meeting. The following Sunday is the first scheduled return to Dragon Cave. With two new local members, we can stay longer at the cave and get more work done.

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#15 Oct 22, 2014
The trip for October only consisted of myself and my brother. But, it did not stop me from discovering two new passages in Dragon Cave. One is above the live end where digging to the lower level has been started in September and in the Cross Fissure where I have been removing dirt. I assumed it came through a hole from the upper passage. To me delight, I removed most of the dirt that came through that hole to find a lower passage following the upper. I have to remove some rocky projects to get in and remove even more dirt. These discoveries were made while testing a new 500 lumens LED flash light used as a light for a video camera.

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#16 Apr 7, 2015
April's trip to Dragon Cave had only me doing the in cave work. There is too much dirt in the upper portion of the Cross Fissure to safely remove from the lower section, so I started making the opening to the upper section wider. A mouse took up residence. I removed three bags of dirt and clay from the live end and moved a large rock.
The access parcel will officially be owned by the tribe within a week as the law firm handling the sale awaits the documents from the owners. this parcel has six confirmed, small openings, that lead to an unexplored passage of Dragon.
I am disappointed in the five or six people who called, interested in the caving program, and then choose not to come to the meetings or the cave trips.

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#18 Jun 18, 2015
Is there anyone in the Orlando area interested in caving at all? July's meeting is coming up on the 4th and we return to Dragon Cave to continue digging ut the new passage on the 5th. Contact me at [email protected] if interested.

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#19 Jul 17, 2015
The July trip to Dragon Cave removed about 8 cubic feet of dirt from the cave and another 6 cubic feet from the continuing passage in the Cross Fissure. The chamber, at least the upper section appears to be at least 10 feet wide and 6 deep (to the wall of dirt). There are three continuing passages, one appears to be doubling back and meeting up with the Clay Room. It is hoped to be able to fully enter the new passage during the August trip.

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#25 May 22, 2016
It was just myself and Angelo again. I removed a quarter of the clay mound and discovered continuing passage stuffed with leaves as well as dirt which is being forced back to the new area. Strange markings were found on the collapsed rock, probably natural. Found an interesting fossil, and the live end is blowing cold air indicating a larger chamber beyond the blockage.

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#27 Jul 24, 2016
Friday, July 22- Removing dirt from the Clay Room, I discovered more calcite formations, almost pure white, along the ceiling.

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