Opportunity for News Media to View Mount Baldy Research and Interview Scientists on August 14
Contact: Bruce Rowe, 219-395-1609
Contact: Ken Mehne, 219-395-1658
Contact: Erika Rose, 219-981-4358
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Media Advisory
The National Park Service (NPS) will host a media event at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Mount Baldy dune on Thursday, August 14, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time. The news media will be escorted to a safe location on Mt. Baldy where they can view the latest phase of research into the holes that have been forming on the dune and where they can interview some of the scientists conducting this work. For their safety, the media will be restricted to this one location on the dune.
Background: Mt. Baldy is the site where a six-year-old boy fell into a hole on July 12, 2013. The boy survived being buried under 11-feet of sand for 3.5 hours. Since that time several additional holes have been observed on the north facing slope of Mt. Baldy. The NPS, in partnership with the Indiana Geological Survey, Indiana University Northwest, and Indiana University Bloomington, is seeking to determine the cause of the holes and collapse features that have been forming on Mt. Baldy over the last year. For public safety, the dune has been closed since the accident. The next phases of the research will focus on gathering more data to explore the internal structure of the dune and the working hypothesis that the holes are caused by decomposing trees under the dune.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a part of the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov/indu.
Did You Know?
Cowles Bog is not a true bog but rather a fen because it has an underground water source. This water source has contact with limestone bedrock, making the fen’s water slightly alkaline. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is restoring a portion of this fen.