Poll: Have you ever broken a speleothem?

March 5, 2012
A Stalactite Sample from Lehman Caves

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An interesting poll question was posed to us recently. What percentage of cavers have broken a speleothem, whether it be intentionally or accidentally?

The nice thing about asking a question like this in an anonymous poll is exactly that, its anonymous. That being said, for those brave enough to tell us, it would be really interesting to hear the stories behind the “yes” answers. What led to the accident, or what intentional reason was there to break a speleothem?

Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Have you ever, accidentially or on purpose, broken a speleothem?

Yes 80% (49 Votes)
No 20% (12 Votes)

  Total Voters: 61

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Last Week’s Results

The results of last weeks poll suggest that most readers will record their trips, however not necessicarily every one.

Thanks for all the responses!

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Comments (4)

  1. John Doe
    March 5, 2012 at 11:24 am

    who hasnt crawled through a formation room and popped a soda straw with the battery pack on your helmet?

  2. Scott
    March 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I was doing a survey in a new section of an old commercial cave and I set the survey station on top of a 3 foot tall stal. As I went to get in position to read instruments the stal just fell off its perch, it was a 3 inch diameter except where it broke it was only 1 inch. It worked out in the end, students doing a geological study used it in their study.

  3. March 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Sometimes when digging it is kinda necessary to remove formations to continue the way on!

  4. til
    March 6, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Accidentaly in tight meanders, with my back and/or helmet.

    Intentionally in a cave that is to be destroyed by quarry operations later this year.


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