Bucket List

Dru Peacock ~ April 2014

1. Diepolder II Cave, Florida

This 360 feet deep cave may look like a pond from the top, but can only be searched on guided tours. Diepolder ll Cave is located on the Sandy Hill Boy Scout Reservation near Brooksville, Florida and its sister cave Diepolder lll, is close by.

This beautiful landmark was formed over millions of years by gravity, making weaker rocks and parts of the structure fall, chemicals slowly dissolving the rock, and water.

2. North Carolina's Outer Banks Sandbars

These sandbars are located on the Oregon Inlet in Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina. Waves driven by ocean winds shift and move this sand almost hourly making the area hazardous for ships but beautiful to see.

They are caused by wind and water erosion, and are a product of physical change.

3. Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

A perfect place to go skiing, and a perfect place to see erosion. While sliding down one of the steep slopes in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, take a look at the boulders and rock columns along the mountainside. These rocks' beauty was caused by wind erosion, water erosion by melted snow trickling down the sides, and chemicals mixing to create different colored marks. These changes are both physical and chemical. (notice in the video how they are motioning to the rocks and mountains)
GoPro HD: Skiing Italy - HERO3

4. Kayaking in Glacier Bay, Alaska

While slowly paddling along underneath huge glaciers, take a moment and think about how they were formed. When snow stays in the same area for a long period of time, they begin to compress and form ice. These intricate shapes they turn out to be, are a result of weathering. Waves slowly remove parts of the glacier and wind breaks it down as well. This is called physical weathering.

5. Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

Imagine this: You are kicking and paddling to the reef, you hear the drone of yourself breathing and you accidentally run into a piece of coral. You see it float down to the soft sand bed and you wonder, how was that neat piece of nature made? Well, when free swimming coral attach to pieces of rock or sediment, they begin to reproduce and grow upward. If they attach to a volcanic structure, the volcano will eventually be below the water but the coral will continue to expand. Over time, physical weathering, water most likely, breaks down the coral and rock, creating a beautiful reef such as the one in Australia.