Doug and Nick apparently spent the weekend on the surface, going to a couple of OSU Ducks games in Spokane. Fun for them, but I spent the whole time wandering the Cavern looking for them. Woulda been nice if they'd mentioned their trip...
Oh well. If we don't get something going soon, I'm gonna hafta start sampling on my own. Every day we wait is another who knows how many animals dead.
Things to keep in mind:
- Check water samples of the pool around the Pod - possible leaching of contaminates? Along with that, check presence of known pollutants/poisons in carcass tissue (might need a lab on the surface to do that, and that presents certain problems of it's own).
- Examine condition of carcasses, autopsies if possible.
- Leave remote cameras (motion activated) and environmental monitoring sensors.
Unfortunately, so much of the further research depends on what we find. The problem is too big, too vague; it needs definition. I'll know better what to test once we make the initial foray.
Glad the DRC is picking up the check on this...