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Earth Sciences

Fitton Cave Research

Drew Westerman, a UALR master’s student, has been doing research with Earth Sciences faculty members Amy Robinson and Beth McMillan. Their work is focused on constraining water sources and flow paths in Fitton Cave in the Ozark Plateau of northern Arkansas. The colors in the photos below are real and are the result of fluorescent dyes that were introduced into the water to determine flow paths and times.

Green dye in pools outside the cave
Green dye in pools outside the cave

Beth McMillan at Fitton Cave
Dr. McMillan trying to obtain a GPS coordinate near the cave entrance

Group deep inside Fitton Cave
Research group deep inside Fitton Cave

Drew collecting samples inside the cave
Drew collecting samples inside the cave

Drew Westerman
Drew Westerman

Sampling for geochemistry
Sampling cave waters for geochemical analysis

Group inside the cave
Research group inside the cave

Pink dye
Pink dye in waterfall outside the cave
Updated 2.24.2009