Spring 2000 Update Summary

WKPP Update, Spring 2000

WKPP_reports

Spring 2000


The spring of 2000 brought mixed results for the WKPP. On one hand, Jarrod Jablonski and George Irvine set a new world record for cave penetration at depth by extending the end of the “18,000 foot” line on April 1, a day that most expected would be used for setup dives for future exploration pushes. As Casey McKinlay reported, “exploration teams picked up where they left off nearly two years ago and set the pace for this coming season with several impressive dives into O-tunnel. WKPP divers have been waiting for the system to clear since last year and with weeks of dry conditions the stage was set.” Unfortunately, the weather in North Florida did not cooperate. Moderate rainfall compromised visibility across the WKP. The team made a full showing on April 29 with the expectation of making the most significant new exploration at Wakulla since the 18,000′ record dive two years ago. In spite of the impressive work of the team in setting up for the long haul, conditions were poor enough that JJ and George called the dive once they realized that even the spring tunnels were pumping out dark water.


If April’s weather didn’t allow for the new exploration that the team had hoped for, the renewed focus on future exploration did allow for new team members to get in practice dives at locations across the Woodville Karst Plain. The WKPP requires that each team member work up through different support levels by diving with as many different team divers as possible. The new support team members were able to become familiar with a number of sites such as Cheryl and Sullivan that will be key to the team when attention shifts away from Wakulla and back to the caves of the Leon Sinks region.

May and early June produced more “hurry up and wait” weekends for the team. Filming continued with NHK Television from Tokyo, but in spite of drought conditions the water quality at Wakulla remained diminished. A few leads were walled out, but otherwise the team was not able to stage the major exploration push that they had anticipated.

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Indian Spring, 2000-05-29, Irvine, Werner, Cole, Sato, Miller, Deschamps, Sweetin, Porceddu

WKPP Update, Spring 2000

Indian Spring, 2000-05-29, Irvine, Werner, Cole, Sato, Miller, Deschamps, Sweetin, Porceddu

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Date 2000-05-29
Site Indian Springs
Team Irvine, Werner, Cole, Mr. Sato, Barry Miller, Deschamps, Sweetin, Porceddu
Objective NHK Video dive.
Logistics single stage, single scooter
Bottom Time 44 min.
Maximum Depth 152′
Results Water in the sinkhole was 84 degrees above 10′. Sweetin and Porceddu held lights behind Mr. Sato and acted as safety divers for him. Sato had a HD camera and Barry Miller had a digital camera. Cole, Werner and Irvine did a line laying survey sequence for the camera and did flyby shots in the big rooms downstream. Deschamps retrieved the line. Visibility was 100′. There was no flow and the water level was way down.

Sullivan Sink, 2000-05-27, Koritz, Jackson

WKPP Update, Spring 2000

Sullivan Sink, 2000-05-27, Koritz, Jackson

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WKPP

Date 2000-05-27
Site Sullivan
Team Terry Koritz, Greg Jackson
Objective Check conditions in upstream rooms.
Logistics Single Stage Double Scooter
Bottom Time 75min
Maximum Depth 140
Results Visibility in main passage approx. 40 feet. No change in visibility after passing the maxiblow and entering large rooms. Rooms normally have over 100′ visibility. This was unexpected and probably due to recent draining of nearby holding ponds.