Cave Exploration - 1959 NSS Wind Cave Expedition

Cave Exploring Gets Organized

The National Speleological Society conducted an official expedition to Wind Cave in 1959. It was led by Robert F. Brown. Although the trip was intended to be of a preliminary nature and lasted only 10 days, more surveying and scientific research was conducted during these 10 days then all other previous times.
Black and white photograph of a drawing of a Wind Cave cross-section done by the 1959 Wind Cave Expedition
Drawing of a Wind Cave Cross-section Done by the 1959 Wind Cave Expedition.

1959 Wind Cave Expedition

Approximately 3 miles of cave were mapped. A good portion of this was the resurvey of tour routes, but it also included a large section of the northwest part of the cave including the surveys of places such as: the Attic, Plummer’s Pit, the Bishop Fowler’s Loop, and Brown Canyon.

During the expedition and with additional months of laboratory work, enough information was collected and analyzed to permit a complete study of the cave’s mineralogy, a reconnaissance of the cave’s fauna, and a preliminary account of the cave’s geology.

Scientist in Training

Expedition member Stewart Peck won the High School National Science Fair for his work on the biology of Wind Cave done during the 1959 NSS Expedition.

Black and white photograph of Steward Peck standing next to a booth with a sign which reads: "Wind Cave Zoological Survey"
Stewart Peck
Peck with his science project at the National Science Fair in 1959.
Black and white photograph of Stewart Peck wearing a helmet
Dr. Stewart Peck
Dr. Peck today, professor of biology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Last updated: January 19, 2018

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