Author: Maaz Fareedi

Let me take a moment and highlight two salt-of-the-earth sisters who have been monumental to my experience here at Mammoth Cave: Brenda and Vanessa. When I arrived at Mammoth, I dove head-first into the job. No adjustment period, no orientation. My radon monitoring was pretty...

I’m not a huge history buff, but I can appreciate being immersed in Mammoth Cave lore. From the artifacts left behind by the paleo-indigenous people, to the mining history, to the slave-led tourism, to the famous cave explorers, to the national park movement, and to...

This season I’ll be in charge of radon monitoring in the caves. Monitoring occurs year-round on a weekly basis, mainly on tour routes. The purpose of radon monitoring is less for the protection of visitors and more for tour guides and cavers who log thousands...

If you didn’t already know, Mammoth Cave is part of the longest cave system in the world. Together with the caves of Flint Ridge and a few more systems, the passages are well over 400 miles and counting. Additionally there are 400 minor caves within...

Hello to all of you out there, and welcome back to my blog. I’m thrilled to return to Mosaics for my second season and to start a brand new project at Mammoth Cave National Park, KY. Before I get into it, let me just give...

I earned my BS in Earth Science in December 2019 and I’ve continued on the path toward professional development via networking. I plan to attend grad school within the next 5-10 years, but before I do so, I’d like to gain experience through field-related work...

Eleven weeks sure do fly by when you’re having fun. I swear I was just sitting in a room with 30 strangers learning about what the difference between a national park and monument was. Those strangers and I have since been seamlessly woven into the...

I’ve had a blast this summer at Jewel Cave. I’ve done so many cool things in such a short time! Although I didn’t answer every question I had about this place, I know my efforts will help the park solve them in the coming years....

There are many bright minds on the resource management team. One intern who has stood out the most in my mind is Hunter, a Geoscientists-in-the-Park intern. Hunter and I were both hired to do the same job: studying the geology of the monument and a...

Now that I’m about 75% of the way through my Jewel Cave internship, it’s only right that I update you on the work I’ve done these last few weeks. Time just keeps flying by; I feel like I just started yesterday! [caption id="attachment_7630" align="alignnone" width="800"] Here's...