Recently, In-Situ, a water quality monitoring equipment company, invited Lee Florea and Sarah Burgess, as part of the Indiana Geological and Water Survey, to feature work on caves in the premier episode of their new podcast AquaPod. They talk about collective work at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington, the Mitchell Plateau south of Bloomington Indiana, and the Cumberland Plateau of southeast Kentucky. The podcast discusses the transport of carbon and sulfur in shallow groundwater that flows through caves, while having some laughs with Helen Taylor and Adam Hobson of In-Situ.
From the podcast description: “Researchers Dr. Lee Florea and Sarah Asha Burgess share a passion both for hydrology and for caving. In this two-part episode Lee discusses soon to be published findings from monitoring activities in glacier caves at the top of Mt. Rainier, WA, where a year’s worth of data links to fumarole and atmospheric measurements to show system change. Lee and Sarah also discuss their funded groundwater monitoring research on the Mitchell Plateau, an iconic karst landscape in south-central Indiana. Continuous water monitoring, regular sampling and even conversations with the locals have revealed surprising findings. In Part 2, these intrepid researchers share stories of remarkable discoveries made during their weekend-warrior explorations in the caves of Kentucky and discuss what they see as the future of cave science.”