Star of IMAX Film to Speak at Park
May 20, 2005
Tom Farrell, 605-745-4600
Wind Cave National Park - Dr. Hazel Barton, featured in the IMAX movie “Journey Into Amazing Caves”, will introduce a presentation of the 2001 film, shown here in regular format, and follow-up with a short program after the movie. Dr. Barton, who explored at Wind Cave in the mid-1990s, is an internationally recognized expert in cartography and microbiology. The program will begin at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, at the Elk Mountain Campground Amphitheater located in Wind Cave National Park.
Superintendent Linda L. Stoll said, “We’re very excited about hosting this event. Dr. Barton has explored in Wind Cave and many caves throughout the world. This is a rare opportunity to listen to someone who has been featured in a major film and is an expert in her field.”
Dr. Barton was born in England and moved to this country to pursue a doctorate in microbiology in Colorado where she conducts research on drug-resistant tuberculosis. An avid caver, she is a Director of the National Speleological Society and the Quintana Roo Speleological Survey in the Yucatan Peninsula.
The program is being sponsored by the Black Hills Parks and Forest Association, The Explorers Club, and the Paha Sapa Grotto. Bring a sweater or jacket, as evenings can be cool at the park.
Wind Cave is over 116 miles long and is the fifth longest cave in the world. Tours are offered daily. Visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/wica/ or call 605-745-4600 for more information.
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