On April 14, Springfield-Greene Library District hosted a book-signing for David Harrison, author of the soon-to-be-published Cave Detectives: Unraveling the Mystery of an Ice Age Cave. With the aid of the Missouri Research & Education Network (MOREnet), the 175 people in attendance, along with entire world, were offered a glimpse inside the subject of Harrison’s book: Riverbluff Cave.
Discovered by construction workers in 2001, Riverbluff Cave is almost one million years old, and the oldest or second-oldest Ice Age fossil site in North America. Through a collaboration with MOREnet, Ozark Technical Community College and the Missouri Parks Department, the cave was wired with fiber-optic cables and became the first cave with permanent Internet access.
During the April 14 event, Harrison and the attendees were able to interact via videoconference with paleontologist Matt Forir and his assistant, Lisa McCann, from their locations inside the cave.
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