Tuesday, October 17, 2017

What is your BEST at California Caverns?




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  1. My favorite part of the deep and ingrained California Caverns was when we went into the actual cavern itself. I liked going inside the caverns because when you get deep into the cavern, it feels weird that you are so far underground (about 250 feet) and the cavern has been there so long. (over 2,000,000 years.) There are lots of structures in the cavern as well. For instance, in the last room called the "jungle room," there was lots of soda straws with some things sticking out of it making kind of a picture of a jungle. There was also other formations throughout the cavern. I was very lucky (like some other people) and got cave kisses! Cave kisses are drops of moisture that come from the ceiling like a drop of liquid onto paper.I got four. California Caverns was a very fun first field trip. :)
    -Elijah H.

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    1. I like the way you explained the "Cave kisses," even though I got them 7 times!

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    2. Why. Why, why oh why! Also, thanks. (Forget that dramatic moment ever happened...)

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    3. Great job! I agree with Daniel.

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    4. I love the fun facts! :D

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    5. The jungle room was cool. Were you able to see the different animal shapes in the room?

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    6. Yes, I was. I liked the monkey-looking things on the stalactites.

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  2. The most awesome thing of all the numerous caverns and speleothems of California Cavern was the Jungle Room with The Lost City of Atlantis, a mysterious and wonderful place for any spelunker lucky enough to squeeze through its the small entrance. The Jungle Room is a beautiful room full of speleothems and rock formations that look like all the many animals of a jungle, and more. There are scorpions, chickens, snakes, and birds. The Jungle Room is full of lifelike formations and inspires awe. You can see the Lost City of Atlantis if you look upside down at the numerous stalactites forming upside down cities and castles. The entrance to that place of wonder was tight, as if it were meant to be a secret, but the cramped space was worth the sight that was laid before our eyes. The Jungle Room truly is the most awesome and amazing part of California Cavern.

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    1. Great job, Daniel! I like that you used the word awe!

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    2. Dis was veeerrryyy detailed, bruh.

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    3. Sadly, my tour guide did not explain the lost city of atlantis, otherwise this makes me really want to come again!

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    4. Brian, the Lost City of Atlantis was truly amazing!

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    5. I like that you used the word spelunker. It's from our literature book. The lost city of Atlantis. My tour guide didn't show us that. This blog makes me want to come back, Daniel.

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    6. I really like your description of the entrance and it being "as if it were meant to be a secret." That is a GREAT line!

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  3. The Jungle Room, which is deep into expansive California Caverns, was one of the appealing and one of the utmost absorbing sections of the caverns as result of its pureness, making it my most favorite part.
    We entered the room through a small, narrow path and we witnessed the path opened into a magnificent, vivid room. The jungle room was alive with various speleothems ranging from soda straws to stalactites extending to legions of limitless stalagmites along with stones that depicted people and other matter we’re familiar with. The Jungle Room had flowstone that was not far from being enclosed with cave skin totally and other speleothems are identical. The room was untouched by mankind for millions of years letting it form a stunning, exquisite part of the cavern. The room was discovered by a U.S Berekely student who concealed his tracks and blocked the entrance with mud. Not much later, the tracks were uncovered and the entrance was open and airy, unsealed, therefore, borning the jungle room part of California Caverns we know today.
    This room was one of the most riveting, lifelike rooms in the caverns, for this reason, it is my favorite part of the exploring the wondorous, miraculous caverns.

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    1. Great job, Brian! I like your vocabulary. Awesome!

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    2. Amazing Brian. Your vocabulary is awesome. Nice blog.

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    3. I really like your topic sentence, especially the vocabulary. :) :) :). Anyway's, good blog!

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    4. Great vocab. Brian and great blog

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    5. @ Brian-I like the use of the word, "riveting" at the end of your post. You have chosen some great words to express your ideas!

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    6. great vocab Brian:):)!!!!!!!...

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  4. Even though we were traveling pretty fast, Mr. La Marr zoomed past my mom’s car on the way to California Caverns. I had been anxious to go on our first field trip, but now I was bursting with anticipation! He had been to the caverns multiple times, and he was still racing to get there.
    When we finally arrived at the site, our first activity was gemstone mining. Pouring a large bag of sand mixed with minerals into a sifter and then moving the newly filled sifter around in water was my favorite part of California Caverns. When I went gemstone mining, I got one of the spots closer to where the water source was, so the water washed away the unwanted sediments faster. Also, I didn’t have other sediments in my way. I found many interesting minerals, including 3 pieces of pyrite. At first, when I saw the pyrite, I thought I found gold. Unfortunately, when I got the identification card, I found out I was incorrect. I was really hoping to find a sapphire, because they are precious, and a sapphire is my birthstone. I don’t think I found any of it, but I found lots of the February birthstone: amethyst. I also found two average-size chunks of quartz, and some of the gold miners found their gold in quartz! When I was done collecting the large pieces from my sifter, I tried to find smaller sediments in my sifter. When I was done with that, I looked in other sifters to find interesting minerals that were left behind. Then the bell rang, and it told us it was time to go on the exciting tour of Mammoth Cavern. I found some extraordinary rocks and minerals when I went gemstone mining at California Caverns, which made it my favorite part. In the end, I could understand why Mr. La Marr was so excited to return to California Caverns.

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    1. I love your vocab! I bet you'll ace this week's vocabulary test! ;)

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    2. I didn't find my birthstone either:ruby.But I did find a lot of amethyst.
      -Eric

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    3. Good highlighting of your gemstone experience, Geoffrey. It's always fun to see what's left when the sediments wash away. Also, I never went past the speed limit!

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  5. There are tons of amazing structures in California Caverns, but the Jungle Room contains the best and most formations. One of the formations is Michael Jordan’s signature dunk. I like that formation because I love basketball and Michael Jordan was one of or the best basketball player in the world. Another structure is a gigantic melting scorpion that looks like it’s about to strike. This is really awesome to me because the scorpion isn’t flat, it’s 3-D and it really stands out. My favorite stalactite is called The Lost City Of Atlantis. At first if somebody told a tourist in the California Caverns that they were looking at The Lost City Of Atlantis, the tourist would be very confused. The Lost City Of Atlantis what I call hidden in plain sight. What you have to do in order to see Atlantis is bend over and look backwards between your legs. If you just look at it right side up it’s just a bunch of stalactites. One last structure is what looks like a giant bird perched on a branch. This bird is really cool because it is carved in the side of the wall, not 3-D or painted. The Jungle Room is by far the best part/room in California Caverns.

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    1. Great job, Jeremiah! I like how you talked about specific structures in the Jungle Room.

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    2. I like the Jungle Room, too. There is so much to see in there. I wish we could have looked longer as I'm sure we missed some things. The scorpion is cool!

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  6. My favorite thing at California Caverns is when we went inside the caverns and when we saw the beautiful formations that were all around us. My favorite formations that I saw were the soda straws. Some people might think I’m talking about actual straws, but cavern soda straws are made when water with some calcite in it (calcite is a type of mineral) drips from the ceiling and then dries out making a hollow tubelike formation.

    It was also really cool when we went into a section of the caverns called the Jungle Room. It is full of beautiful formations, and if you look at the walls very carefully you can see formations that look like animals or other objects. Some of the objects are dolphins, a centaur, two Winnie the Poohs, a melting scorpion, a Buddha, and a headless bishop.
    There are a couple hallways that have carvings, historical markings, and some modern time writings.
    Fact: did you know that if a cavern formation dies a new layer of calcite will grow over it?

    If you ever go to California Caverns don’t touch any formations even if they’re really cool. Only touch a formation if an employee lets you. Our hand oils can kill a formation just with one little touch.If you ever go to California Caverns I hope you have a lot of fun.

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    1. This is well done, Parker! Your post has great information, and it gives a potential visitor things to look for if s/he goes to the caverns. Great facts!

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  7. I like how you included the rules- not to touch the formations

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  8. In California Caverns there are lots of fascinating speleothems and rooms, but any spelunker who is willing to accept the challenge of squeezing through the tight entrance to the Jungle Room will not regret the way they came, and will probably choose it as their favorite, like I did.

    The reason I like the Jungle Room, is because it has fascinating structures and speleothems, including helictites, stalagmites, stalactites, and the Lost Sea of Atlantis. The Lost Sea of Atlantis is an area in which if a spelunker looks at a big bunch of rocks upside down through his or her legs, he or she will see things you might find under the ocean. When I looked between my legs, I saw something that looked like a kraken! It was really cool! Also, in the Jungle Room, there are interesting formations in the rocks, including a man on a horse, and, my favorite, the bird. Both of those structures you need to shine a flashlight on and look in shadows. My favorite part, was when I squeezed through the tight entrance, because I have the opposite of claustrophobia. I actually love tight spaces!

    Out of all the fascinating things in California Caverns, I am sure that spelunkers like me will choose the Jungle Room as their favorite, because of the variety of speleothems, and formations. It was awesome!

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    1. Great Job Bennett, your vocabulary is impressive

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    2. Great mention of the types of speleothems in the caverns, Bennett. I like the use of the different shapes that could be seen in the Jungle Room. Good highlighting of the best room in California Caverns!

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  9. While there were many interesting speleothems at California Caverns, none were as impressive as the ones I saw inside the Jungle Room. Some of these amazing formations were: the melting scorpion, Buddha, vines, and hidden city of Atlantis. The melting scorpion was made of flowstone and really looked liked it was melting! The buddha was a stalagmite and was pretty cool too because it appeared to have a fat face like a real buddha. All of the vines were made of soda straws, and they looked as if a monkey could really swing on them. As for the hidden city of Atlantis, it was an amazing structure made of stalactites. We had to bend over and look through our legs to see it. I would recommend to anyone that he or she visit California Caverns and take time to look around inside the Jungle Room.

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    1. I agree, the jungle room and the formations WERE pretty cool.
      #bestfirstfieldtrip

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    2. Well told, Susannah! I like the structures you describe here, and I like how you identified what they were made from: flowstone, stalagmites or soda straws.

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  10. The best part at California Caverns was going in the cavern and setting eye on all the fantastic speleothems.

    When I first entered the cavern, I felt scared and astonished. It was frightening to look down into the dark, unknown of the cavern. My fear quickly altered when I saw all the remarkable structures in the cavern. Speleothems are a cave or cavern construction, a mineral deposit. Some of the speleothems that I saw in the cavern included helictites, soda straws, stalagmites, stalactites, cave bacon, cave popcorn, and more. Some of my favorites are helictites, soda straws, and cave popcorn.

    Witnessing the speleothems was my favorite part overall. If you want more information on California Caverns and the tours they give, visit

    https://caverntours.com/california-cavern-state-historic-landmark/

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    1. good job telling how you felt when you entered the caverns (I felt nervous too )

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    2. Nice work! Nice idea to put a link at the end of your paragraph.

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    3. I like that you put the link of California caverns so other people could go at the caverns and explore what everyone posted on the blogs.

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    4. Good contrasting of fear and astonishment, Annie. I like how the helictites are formed. They make interesting shapes.

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  11. While touring California Caverns, the site that intrigued me most was when I looked up and saw dozens of soda straws dangling from the ceiling. Soda straws are speleothems formed in a cylindrical hollow tube. They are a lot like straws, except one end is attached to the ceiling. Soda straws can grow to be very long. They are also very fragile and the slightest touch can destroy them. Inside the cavern, I counted over a hundred soda straws each unique from each other. Drops of water called cave kisses fall from the tip of the soda straw. If a person is lucky, they might get a cave kiss. Soda straws were all over the place and in each room. The jungle room, for example,had soda straws too. One time, inside the cavern, I thought I saw one that was 1 foot long. Our tour guide said the longest one they had inside the cavern was about a foot long. Soda straws grow about a millimeter a year. That means it takes about 10 years for one soda straw to grow only 10 millimeters. I was very fascinated at the sight of the soda straws, making it my BEST sight at California Caverns.

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    1. Like all of the details:) good job!!

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    2. I in joy that you included cave kisses(love your blog)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    3. Nicely done, Michaela! I like the soda straws, too, and I really like that you included the growth rate for them. That is the incredible thing about soda straws, to me anyway.

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  12. The Jungle Room is filled with speleothems, rocks and beautiful minerals to see, and the history is very interesting which makes it easy to understand why this is
    my favorite place in the caverns.




    The Jungle Room has the most fabulous history that I could ever imagine. A story was told in the Jungle Room.
    About 150 years ago, a U.C. Berkeley student was in the caverns. He found a small opening in the caverns. He was very curious about what was on the other side. So he decided to go through it with a partner just in case he got stuck in the small opening. When the student was on the other side he was amazed by what he saw. A bunch of speleothems surrounded the walls. Some of the speleothems he saw were stalagmites, stalactites, columns, and soda straw. After looking around the room and examining it he decided to go back outside of the room. The U.C. Berkeley student didn’t want anybody to know about the room. So he and his partner didn’t tell anybody. After twenty years though, someone else noticed the same opening and decided to do the same thing as the U.C. Berkeley student. This person did not keep the beautiful area a secret and told everybody about the Jungle Room. In my opinion, the history of the Jungle Room is very interesting because it’s cool how the U.C. Berkeley student and his partner managed to fit through the opening without anybody noticing, but other things surprised me, too. All the soda straw looked like beautiful chandeliers, and the minerals, such as the calcite, were awesome to see. One more interesting thing is when all the stalagmites and stalactites were growing they started reaching each other which makes them into a column.




    The beautiful structures and interesting historic events make the Jungle Room my favorite place at California Caverns.

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    1. My brother is right!

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    2. good job Noah! lots of people liked the jungle room <(*-*)> :D

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    3. Nice job of telling not only about the structures, but the history of the Jungle Room, too. The room was actually discovered in 1969, 48 years ago. I like your comparison of the soda straws to chandeliers. I agree with you on that.

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  13. At California Caverns, Gem Mining was the best thing to do. What we did is we took a bag of sand with gems in the bag and poured a portion of the bag into a sifter. We put the sifter in a little channel of water and shook the sifter side to side. When we shook the sifter side to side, and the water washed away the dirt. When the water washed away the dirt, the gems were revealed. You can easily spot the big Gems, but the smaller gems were harder to spot. The super small gems are very hard to spot because they either look like the rock it’s right next to or it’s just way to small. Some of the Gems you can find are Pyrite, Quartz, Emerald, Obsidian, Amethyst, raspberry Quartz, etc. You know that this is something you don’t get to do every day. It’s awesome when you find these gems and identify what the mineral is.

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    1. Oops, This is Jackson's work

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    2. Nice details Jackson!

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    3. Great description of gem mining, Jackson. It is always exciting to see what's left behind after the sediments are cleared away!

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  14. California Caverns has many exciting activities including exploring the caverns and going to the gift shop, but my favorite thing that I thought was the BEST at California Caverns was gem mining for rare minerals. Gem mining made me anxious, for I was astonished when I got things like amazonite, amethyst, pyrite, diopside, crystal, a mix of rose quartz and lapis, and citrine. The people at California Caverns let us keep our gems, which made me exultant because I got oodles of swell minerals. I experienced many great excitements with my classmates while finding interesting gems and minerals. I observed that some minerals and gems are harder to find than others. I mined for a long time, and there wasn't a single second that passed by that I was not having fun. California Caverns is one of the best field trips, my class has ever done, and it is a memory that I will not forget.




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    1. Great job, Anand! I like how you talked about gem stone mining.

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    2. I love it Anand!Your word choice was amazing!

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    3. I can sense the excitement you felt from gem mining in your writing, Anand. Great job of capturing that!

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    1. One question: who are you? Do you go to Del Paso Manor?

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    2. Thanks for dropping by and checking out our blogs, Nithin. I hope you are doing well in middle school.

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  16. My favored section in the adventure to California Caverns is the Jungle Room with the various spectacular speleothems that create the amazing Lost City of Atlantis. The way into the Jungle Room is a tight, slippery, and difficult channel to get through. However, it is worth it to see the breathtaking structures that have taken thousands and millions of years to form in the Jungle Room. The Jungle Room is called the Jungle Room for the astonishing helictites, stalagmites, stalactites, and many other speleothems that forge the numerous animals in a jungle. These figures can be seen many different ways, but they’re usually named as monkeys, scorpions, chickens, dolphins, elephants, and many other creatures. Some people even see human folk, donkeys, horses and even a cave Buddha and it’s worshiping rock! When a person turns around so their back is facing a portion of the cavern, bends over, and looks in between their legs they will see the lavish Lost City of Atlantis. The cone-like, dazzling stalactites create the marvelous Lost City of Atlantis. The Lost City of Atlantis gives a magical feel to the cavern because it is incredible to see something that looks like a make-believe place, but it is real life. The entire California Caverns is splendid but the grand Jungle Room and gorgeous Lost City of Atlantis is the best.



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    1. I love the details you put in to tell why you like the Jungle Room and The Lost City of Atlantis

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    2. Great use of adjectives to explain to a reader the wonder of the Jungle Room! Great choice of words, Naya!

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  17. I loved all of the California Caverns, but my most admired part and activity of the adventurous tour of the California Caverns and it’s amazing speleothems was when I experienced being in the cavern without light, and when I later mined for precious gems including Calcite, Amethyst, and Pyrite. The splendid speleothems were everywhere, and there were much more than I expected. I specifically liked the gorgeous flowstone that was droopy and looked very smooth. When the lights were turned off, it was interesting to experience what it was like in a cavern without lights and with its innate sounds. I really enjoyed the gemstone mining because, I got to mine by myself and find different exquisite gems. I also got to keep the magnificent minerals I found. I appreciated our amazing field trip to the California Caverns.



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    1. I like your wording and vocab Sami!

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    2. You have some great descriptions in your post, Sami. I fully agree with you that flowstone looks droopy. Good word!

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  18. I like your conclusion and topic sentence, Naya!

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  19. CA Caverns
    My favorite thing at California caverns is gemstone mining to find all those shiny stones.
    I poured a bag of sand with minerals in it into the sifter. Then I started sifting. I really wanted to find ruby because it is my birth stone. Unfortunately, I never found ruby. I kept looking. I found some emerald instead. I was so happy. The emerald was green shiny. It’s beautiful. I heard emeralds were valuable for making jewelry. I wish I had more and I’d be rich! I am so excited. I checked the sifter carefully. I found a dark stone that had bright yellow star like minerals in it. I realized those were GOLD!!! What a surprise!!!! I had to keep digging for more. When I transferred dirt to my sifter from the end of the trough I found some more minerals such as amethyst and sapphires. I felt like a placer miner. I felt proud that I found so much good stuff.
    I like gemstone mining the best.
    -Eric

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    1. Good Job Eric, you really told us what you feel

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    2. Good comparison to placer mining, Eric. Placer miners use a sluice, which is what that trough was. I'm glad you enjoyed gemstone mining.

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  20. When we got to California Caverns I was anxious to go to the cavern and see The Lost City of Atlantis. When we did we explored many rooms with all the compelling speleothems but the best room we scrutinized is the Jungle Room. The Jungle Room has fascinating speleothems and formations. These speleothems are helictites, flowstone, baconstrip, and much more. The helictites we saw were shaped as a cowboy riding a horse. The cowboy we saw looked like it actually had a cowboy hat on its head. Other helictites we saw were chickens, dolphins, a melting scorpion, and there even was a cavern Buddha worshiping another rock! In the Jungle Room we saw The Lost City of Atlantis. To see The Lost City of Atlantis you have to bend, look backwards in between your legs and then you will see The Lost City of Atlantis which is many stalactites hanging from the ceiling looking like masses of skyscrapers when you look upside down, The Lost City of Atlantis is a ravishing sight to see because of all the compulsive and beautiful speleothems. The cavern and The Lost City of Atlantis in California Caverns is a captivating sight and is worth looking at.

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    1. You have some great words in here, Khadija. Nice work to use ravishing, compelling, and scrutinized.

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  21. Squeezing through a narrow passageway and entering the Jungle Room with amazing formations and story of how it was revealed was the best thing at California Caverns.
    I liked squeezing through the narrow passageway to get to the Jungle Room because it was very fun and exciting. I was excited to see the Jungle Room and all of its amazing structures. I was also excited because I wanted to see if I could figure out why that room is called the Jungle Room. It was fun because I like to see if I can fit through tight and narrow spaces. I tested to see if I could fit through the narrow passageway. I think that these tests were awesome and I like to do them.
    When I got inside of the Jungle Room I was amazed by all of the wondrous creations formed by the caverns. I figured out why the room was called the Jungle Room at once. It was because it looked like monkeys and animals were swinging on vines just like in a jungle. I could make out a person,a monkey,and a lemur swinging on a vine.
    Also our amazing tour guide told us why it is called the Jungle Room. The Jungle Room was discovered by a spelunker. He thought the Jungle Room was so fascinating and decided to not share it with the caverns’ owners. He did this because he thought that they would trash this room just like any other room in the cavern. He decided to hide the entrance with rocks so the owners of the cavern would not find the room. The spelunker uncovered the entrance to the Jungle Room about 20 years later when the cavern got a new owner. The wondrous Jungle Room’s beauty was revealed. This was the most spectacular thing at California Caverns.

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    1. Well told story of your experience, Kathryn! The Jungle Room is a fun room to explore, for sure!

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  22. My favorite adventure at California Caverns is when I squeezed through the passageway and entered a room called the Jungle Room. The purpose of the name of the room is because there was a creation of monkeys swinging on vines. This room had amazing structures. One of them that I liked was a structure called soda straws. I liked this structure because they have been growing for over 1,000 years! They were all over the room. There was also a structure called a scorpion. That one I really like because it actually looked like a real life humungous scorpion. The structure I liked the most in the spectacular Jungle Room was that Michael Jordan doing his signature move. I liked this one was most because when you look at the shadow it really looked like him doing his signature move. I proved that by looking at the bottom of my shoe because I was a pair of his shoes. When I compared it looked exactly the same except the shadow was bigger/a lot bigger. The Jungle Room was the most favorded part of the spectacular California Caverns.

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    1. Good job of telling about the Jungle Room, Devin. I like that you wrote about how long it took to grow some of those structures. To me, that's what partly makes that room so amazing.

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  23. My favorite section in cavern was the Jungle Room were you go through a tight passage to enter it. The purpose of the name Jungle Room was that in it, there was a creation of some monkeys swinging on vines. The room had many amazing structures. One of the structures I liked were the soda straws. I liked the soda straws because it took 100 years to make an inch of it that means it will take 1,200 years to make a foot. The structure I liked the most was the scorpion because it looked like a real giant scorpion. The Jungle Room was found by a U.C Berkeley student and his partner, who had permission to go in to the cavern. He and his partner went in and found a tight space. They went through the tight space and when he got to the end they were astonished. They kept the room secret for 20 years and covered it with rocks for no one to find it. Until another person came and found the same narrow path as the U.C Berkeley student, but this person didn’t keep it a secret and spread it to everyone. The history of the Jungle Room is interesting. The other things that impressed me were the stalactites and the stalagmites. The stalactites form on the ceiling the stalagmites form on the ground and when they touch it creates a column, but it takes hundreds of years to form. California Caverns is a spectacular place but the creations in the Jungle Room are the best.

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    1. Good explanation of the difference between stalagmites, stalactites and how they create columns, Daniel.

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  24. I enjoyed my first field trip to California Caverns very much, both mining for gems as well as exploring the Mammoth Caverns.
    For gem mining, we were each given a plastic bag containing a mixture of mud and gems. Then we poured some of the contents of the bag onto the sifter, and the water from the trough separated the gems from the mud. I found some Amethyst and some Quartz. I thought it was very fun and interesting. I wished I could keep mining, but we needed to go to go to the cavern next, so off we went!
    Next, we went to Mammoth Caverns. A tour guide took us inside and showed us the speleothems in the Jungle Room, the Bride Room, and the Judge Room. My favorite stalagmite was “Jabba the Hutt” and my favorite stalactite was the “Lost City of Atlantis” in these rooms inside the cavern. There were also stalactites called “soda straws” that were skinny and long. I thought it was funny that water that drips down from the soda straws on someone are called “cave kisses.” I didn’t get a “cave kiss” but other people in my group did!
    I think this was the best field trip I’ve ever had. I had fun there and learned a lot there too.

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    1. Good mentioning of different aspects inside the cavern, Benjamin. Jabba the Hut is huge! Think of how long it must have taken to form that stalagmite!

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  25. The most thrilling site at California Caverns was the amazing formations. Each inch to 1/2 inch of formations take about 100 years to form into brilliant structures. Certain structures look like things when they form. Some structures look like a jungle, and other structures look like movie characters. My favorite structure was made of two giant rocks representing the upper and lower jaw of a monster. The Rocks also have holes in certain spots to represent eyes.
    The fact that these magnificent structures can form in such a way amazes me.

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    1. I agree that the formation of some of the structures in California Caverns is amazing. Good final sentence, Coral.

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  26. My favorite part of California Caverns is when we squeezed through the slender passage way into the prodigious Jungle Room to see all the marvelous structures of speleothems.
    When we squeezed through the narrow aisle-way, I saw lots of cool and vivid crystals around me. When we finally got into the Jungle Room I saw an immense and lengthy strip of cave bacon towering over me. My favorite figure in the Jungle Room was the “Melting Scorpion”. The Melting Scorpion got the “melting” in its name from the soda straws on the side of it resembling the oozing liquid pouring down from the dissolving scorpion. The tail of the scorpion is made of a rimstone dam, curving back and then curving up and front and then splitting at the edge as to simulate pincers. Another thing I liked was the little budda-like structure sitting on a rock. I liked the buddha because it had its hands pressed together praying to the temple across from it. The temple had its pillars made of columns and the roof of the temple was made of flowstone.
    The intriguing speleothems inside the Jungle Room and the details in carving or growing them captured my attention for a long time while I was there.

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    1. I like the Melting Scoripion, too. It looked just like a scorpion, to me. Good support for your topic sentence, Rayhan.

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    2. I like how you use "slender" Rayhan! It really brings out the meaning and includes interest.

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  27. My favorite thing in California Caverns was gemstone mining. When I started, I had no idea how to put the sifters in the water! When the instructor told the class how to do the mining, I was ready. I poured a couple dirt at a time so I could get a couple rocks per pour. When I found my birthstone, I was super excited. I had my eyes on peridot next. I used up the whole dirt bag, but I couldn't find peridot... But at least I found obsidian, which is so sharp, it could cut paper. The instructor didn't give the class paper that shows which rock is which, so I didn't know the other rocks I got.
    Out of all the activities we did at California Caverns, nothing was better than gemstone mining.

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    1. It's always exciting to see what gems are left behind after the sediments was away. I'm glad you found your own birthstone, Kris.

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  28. Who Is Nithin ^_^, Mr. LaMarr?

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    1. a former student maybye?

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    2. Nithin is a former student and Anand's brother!

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  29. The best part of visiting California Caverns was going inside and seeing all the amazing Speleothems.
    I liked the drapery the most. It's also known as Bacon Strip. It was so cool to look at in the jungle room. Everything was so beautiful and pure. I was amazed at how much it actually looked like bacon. It was neat how Iron and other minerals create those colors.
    I was in awe of all the amazing Speleothems and I can't wait to go back and explore some more!

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    1. I hope that some day you do get to go back and have another tour, Andrew. I love it every time I go!

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  30. My favorite part at California Caverns (Mammoth Caverns), was when we got to go in the caverns and see all of the amazing things that grew inside. It was just amazing to see all of the things that could be growing right underneath our feet. What we found in the cavern was, flowstone, stalactites, helictites, cave popcorn, soda straw, stalagmites,and cave bacon (bacon strips). I liked the helictites because of all the amazing shapes it can create. It starts out as a soda straw, then the bottom get’s closed off, the water needs a way out, so it creates an amazing aztec shape. I like cave popcorn because it looks popcorn, but brown and on the wall. I liked the cave bacon (bacon strips) because it looked like piece of bacon, that I wanted to eat! yum!. I like how the stalactite was like a spike hanging from the ceiling. Same with the stalagmite except for it’s on the ground, so it’s a spike! I also like flowstone because it’s really pretty and shiny (because of the calcite). Many things that grow in caverns can not just be one thing, it can also be lot’s of other things if you have a creative mind. I can’t until i’m 16 so I can go on the expedition and see all of the other cool things.

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    1. Gavin - this sounds like a really amazing field trip! I have been in caves before but I learned some new things reading your blog. Thanks! I can’t wait for the next one.

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    2. Your descriptions are so specific I can really picture what you saw. Nice job! Double check the apostrophe on "get's". I'd never heard of helictites before. Thanks for helping me learn about something new!

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    3. I learned a lot about caves from your detailed description. Now I need to look up pictures of all the things you told about to see what they look like. I will have to make a trip to California just to see them for myself.

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    4. That sounds like a really great adventure! Wow I never knew about helictites - there are some amazing photos online from other caves, I'd love to see some photos of the sights that you saw.

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    5. Wow! Great job! This post makes me want to take Lilah to see some caverns. I don't think I've ever been either come to think of it. I like your use of the word "spike" - very concise yet effective. I would mix things up a bit and use some synonyms for the word "amazing".

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    6. Great description, it really shows your enthusiasm! Glad you had such a good time. Is there a way to post some the of the pictures you took there, on your blog?

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    7. Good work in mentioning many of the speleothems in the caverns, Gavin. I agree with you about the helictites. The shapes they make are amazing.

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    8. Wow Gavin that sounds like so much fun! I got to explore some caves with your mom when we were younger and really enjoyed them. Glad you are getting to learn about so many exciting new things!

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  31. There is nothing better to do at California Caverns than cracking a geode and looking at all of the weird properties of all of the stalactites! A geode is a rock formed in a circular shape that’s over 10,000 years old. A geode contains thousands of crystal shards if you get the right one. I find smashing a geode with a metal chain fun. The crystals are cool, neat, and shiny to look at. I like these rocks because these crystals are like all of the crazy properties of stalactites inside of one tiny rock. A stalactite is a speleothem that grows on a cave or cavern ceiling. A speleothem is a mineral strip that grows on a cave or cavern surface. Soda straws (in caves or caverns) are my favorite type of stalactite because of the fact that it is the only type of stalactite that is in a straight line. A stalactite takes 100 years to grow a centimeter and 240 years per inch. These caverns have taken tens of millions of years to grow fully so I didn’t want to ruin it with the oils in my skin. By touching them, you would destroy these cool and interesting mineral formations and it would take hundreds of years to regenerate. I like all stalactites no matter the properties. These are the BEST things you could possibly do; nothing could beat these activities at California Caverns. I think that most people will talk about the gem mining, that was fun but still not up to compare with geodes and stalactites. -MAHDI

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    1. I like your topic of geodes, Mahdi! They are cool and the comparison to its structures to those in side a cavern is excellent. Creative post, here, Mahdi!

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  32. My classmates and I went on a field trip to the California Caverns Historical landmark on Oct. 17, 2017. I really enjoyed the entire field trip, but my most memorable and favorite part was walking into the cavern for the first time, then exploring it. In class, we looked up pictures and definitions of different cave formations, and I was eager to see them in person. I also knew that my classmates and I were going to be 150 feet underground! This was interesting because I had been high up in the sky (in a plane) many times before, but this was my first opportunity to be so far underground. I was not scared at all. When we were in the cavern, we saw tons of interesting cave formations! I saw stalactites and stalagmites, columns and cave bacon, cave tacos and cave popcorn, and many more. They were even more breathtaking in person, and I hope to go again sometime.

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    1. You have a nice contrast of being far above ground with being far below ground. I like that part, Dylan. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip.

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  33. There was nothing you could do better at California Caverns than to go into the Jungle Room, with its strange, mysterious creatures. The helectites, bending around, are great to watch defy gravity. The Lost City of Atlantis is breath-taking! The animals themselves, what make the Jungle Room, the Jungle Room; make me very surprised that they are in the same room. The Jungle Room’s features are astounding and are great in each and every different way.

    The helectites which twist are cool to watch shoot up. When I came up to my first helectite, I thought, is that thing an upside down stalactite that literally sticks up out of the ground? Helectites are crazy, in a way that they defy gravity! It takes about 100-200 years to make an inch, and that big thing is about a foot! These helectites are hard to imagine of until you actually see one!

    The Lost City of Atlantis is astounding! When we bent over, and looked in between our legs we could see a rocky hill and skyscrapers from an upside down point of view! I never knew rocks could do this! It was cool. That city stunned me big and hard, the way a huge upside down city entirely made out of rock, would!

    The animals themselves are what makes the Jungle Room, the Jungle Room and are nice to look at. There were rock animals that include a monkey, dragon, dolphins, and more! The dolphins seemed like they were in the distance. These animals are all speleothems, which are rock formations.

    The Jungle Room’s features are astounding and are great in each and every different way. The bending, twisting, helectites are fun to watch go around. Each tower in the Lost City of Atlantis is a stalactite, a speleothem that hangs from the ceiling. The Jungle Room was actually named that because of the rock animals. The Jungle Room’s stunning to the point where the amount can’t be said.

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    1. Nicely done, Elijah. You have done a great job to describing different aspects of the Jungle Room. It is a fun place to be, for sure!

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  34. There were many exciting things at California Caverns like Mr. La Marr breaking lots of rules, seeing all the different types of speleothems, the gift shop, gemstone mining and of course going through the caverns themselves, but nothing was my favorite.

    Okay first of all let me tell you about Mr. La Marr breaking lots of rules. I could tell he was breaking lots of rules because I was right behind him. For you to know which rules Mr. La Marr was breaking let me tell you the rules. First rule, DON’T touch the structures, second rule, don’t scream, and last but not least have FUN! The first time he broke rules was when we were going into the jungle room. He was touching the cool walls, and not having fun squeezing through the passage way. I mean I had fun going through the passage (partly because I’m skinny and flexible) so why wouldn’t Mr. La Marr. The second time Mr. La Marr broke those rules was when we were going out of the jungle room. He was touching the walls with his whole body. He also touched the bacon strip hanging down from the ceiling. And as we were exiting the passage he touched a lot of stalagmites. This was really funny because Mr. La Marr got stuck when this happened and it looked like he wasn’t stuck. That is how Mr. La Marr broke lots of rules.

    Now let me tell you about seeing all the different types of speleothems. Seeing all these speleothems was really cool. The reason why is you don’t see this every day (unless you’re a spelunker) and everything looked so magical. Some of the speleothems I saw were bacon strips, the lost city of Atlantis (I’ll tell you about that later), soda straws, stalagmites, stalactites, columns, flowstone and rimstone dams. Bacon strips are stalactites that have a red/yellow look and surprisingly look like bacon. This was amazing because just seeing one made your mouth water. The lost city of Atlantis is just a bunch of stalactites and when you look at them with your head through your knees it looks like a city. Soda straws are stalactites that are hollow. Our tour guide showed us a soda straw that looked like a big stalactite but, when you look under it you see its hollow middle. Stalactites are figures that hang from the ceiling. Stalagmites are structures that grow from the ground. Columns are made when a stalagmite and a stalactite come together. Fun fact weddings were held next to the biggest column in California which is at California Caverns. Next is flowstone. Flowstone is created with flowing water that has calcite in it therefore the name flowstone. You can practically see flowstone everywhere in the cavern. Last, we have a rimstone dam. One of these cool speleothems is created when water drips forming a dam. When water drips more the dam stops the water from getting somewhere else. Sadly, there is only one in the caverns. Well that’s it for this paragraph as you can see speleothems are really cool.

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    1. Actually, I did not break rules. First of all, I CANNOT REACH bacon strip, and I would never touch it if I could. I did not touch ANY stalagmites. I have much more respect for the caverns than that. I did have to put my fingertips on the walls to keep from falling over, but I used my FINGERTIPS so as to not destroy the structure of the caverns. Lastly, my whole body never touched the caverns. There were parts where I banged my back on the low hanging parts of the cavern, because I was too tall. However, I DID NOT break rules. There were some accidents, and some parts where I had to steady myself, but I would NEVER break rules on purpose. NEVER.

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    2. actually, I think there was 1 medium sized one and 1 tiny one.

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  35. Time for the gift shop. Everything was cool, but I only had $10.00 so I wasn’t able to buy a lot of things. I bought a lollipop and agate. That isn’t much. Now let me tell you about my experience. When we first got into the gift shop there were so many things it felt like paradise, until I looked at a price tag. The thing cost $10.00 that’s all the money I had! Then I wanted to get to crack my own geode. But, that cost $10.00 + tax! At least I got to see my friend, Jerimiah, crack his geode. Now if you are in my class you know my obsession with beanies right. Well in the gift shop there was a whole rack of beanies! But those were $10.00. another thing crossed off my list. One of the things that really let me down was they had little bottles with some gold in them that had names on them. They didn’t have a bottle with the name Dylan. It was really disappointing. Then suddenly it was time to go. So, grabbed my 2 things paid for them then left. That’s all about the gift shop.

    Now for gemstone mining. This was fun because in the bag of dirt we got we found lots of cool minerals. I was the last one to finish because I went really slow. But the benefit was I found cool minerals. Lots of people bought 2 bags of the gemstone mining stuff but I didn’t because I was going slow. The reason is because I kept taking dirt from where the water was flowing. Gemstone mining was a really slow and quiet process making it easy. This was also fun because it was calming and made it feel like I was dead. I recommend trying this someday.

    Last let me tell you about going through the caverns. This experience was great. As we went through the caverns we learned a little bit more about the structures like how they’re made and what they’re made of. Also, we got to touch a stalagmite. Can you believe it! We also got know what the caverns were used for in history. After a little history brief we moved on to the coolest parts of the caverns. In these parts you could see lots of flowstone and other structures. When we got to the jungle room everything was different colors, shiny and shaped like everyday items. That’s it for the caverns.

    Nothing was my favorite at California Caverns though it was exciting like going through the caverns, the gift shop, gemstone mining, Mr. La Marr breaking lots of rules and seeing all the different types of speleothems.

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    1. I had to split my blog into 2 posts because it was too many characters.

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    2. That was a very entertaining story of your trip to California Caverns, Dylan. Is it good to feel dead? It sounds like you enjoyed your trip, and your comments about all the activities are quite entertaining! Great effort and an interesting spin on the assignment in that not any one thing was your BEST.

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    3. I feel the same way about the bottles not having the name Dylan on them

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  36. Well done, group. You have explained your field trip very well, and it seems like you had an enjoyable day. California Caverns is a great place to see geologic structures. It's one thing to read about them and see pictures, but it's another to see them for real. I hope you all go back some day and take your families with you.

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