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cache type Bathing with the Devil Earthcache cache size

by ChileHead
(Finds: 24  Score: 92.5)    (Hidden: 52  Score: 182)

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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 43° 01.451'   W 077° 34.405'
Mendon,   New York   14467
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 27 Feb 2005
Waypoint (Landmark): N018B2
Open Cache:  Unrestricted
Cache type:  Virtual
Cache size:   Virtual

Difficulty: gps (easy)
Terrain: gps gps (easy)



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Visit a kettle hole and meromictic lake.

This short hike will take you to Devil's Bathtub, which is a kettle hole in Mendon Ponds Park.

A kettle hole is a geological feature formed by receding glaciers. When an ice sheet retreats, several large portions may become detached, surrounded by mounds of soil. As the ice melts, a depression called a kettle hole remains. When water occupies the depression, it may be called a kettle lake.

Devil's Bathtub is also a meromictic lake. A meromictic lake has layers of water which do not intermix. The deepest layer of water in such a lake does not contain any dissolved oxygen. The layers of sediment at the bottom of a meromictic lake remain relatively undisturbed because there are no living organisms to stir them up.

This type of lake may form for a number of reasons:

* the basin is unusually deep and steep-sided compared to the lake's surface area
* the lower layer of the lake is highly saline and so denser than the higher levels of water

To log this cache, you must go to the posted coordinates and take a picture of yourself with your GPS on the wooden platform with the kettle in the background and also record the number people in your group.

Please feel free to also post pictures from the top of the kettle. They'll be more interesting than the ones in the at the posted coords, but a picture at the coords is required to prove you did the hike into the tub.

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I found it! 07 Sept 2009 by  sagefemme  (Finds: 67  Score: 299)    (Hidden: 8  Score: 33.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Found this (or rather, did what was required to get credit for this Earthcache) while out on a TazD series multi. TFTF.

I found it! 23 Apr 2007 by  Paleoman  (Finds: 95  Score: 428)    (Hidden: 14  Score: 60)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

I found this cache on my way to the Mendon ponds cache. I will submit my photo as soon as my wife downloads it from her camera. This is such a neat area. I spent some extra here taking in the sites. Thanks! -Paleoman52-

I couldn 20 Jan 2007 by  bucktracker  (Finds: 2  Score: 9.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

We found the area but I did not have the instructions so I did not take a picture. We were looking for a traditional box. Will get the picture next time.

Thanks for the geology lesson. Interesting terrain around there.

I found it! 15 Apr 2006 by  WhiteUrkel  (Finds: 172  Score: 635)    (Hidden: 40  Score: 156)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

I found this very interesting Chilehead, thanks for the earthcache. As explained in my GC.com log, I had to take Urkel Jr's. picture at the site though, because taking my picture proved to daunting of a task for him :-).

  cameraTWU Jr. at the bathtub

I found it! 21 Aug 2005 by  Blackpete  (Finds: 406  Score: 1774)    (Hidden: 19  Score: 73)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

We attended a picnic in the park at the Devil's Bathtub Pavillion. We walked the trail and after returning remembered there was an earth cache here. Took a picture with the lake in the background. After doing the East Esker cache and a few others in the park we were too tired to do the stairs again. Hope the picture is ok.

  cameraDevil's Bathtub

I found it! 15 Aug 2005 by  skeeter123  (Finds: 13  Score: 60)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

My wife and I spent a few hours hiking in the park, because there were caches to be found. Thanks for the Geo lesson. I now know what a meromictic lake is. Thanks again.
[Modified 2005-08-16 11:20:16]

  cameraDevil's Bathtub


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