Bat protector finds passion in forbidding, dark habitat

November 1, 2009

By hammersmith

[Source: The Arizona Daily Star] – More than 2,100 feet below the rim of the Grand Canyon and swallowed in the redwall limestone of an abandoned copper mine, Jason Corbett shines his single headlamp light around a black corner and then disappears.

With him is Steve Rice, a hydrologist with Grand Canyon National Park who softly calls his name, just to make sure he’s still there.
Corbett reappears calmly, remarking how incredible the work ethic had to be among men who labored in these mines with pickaxes and mules more than 100 years ago. He goes on to wonder aloud about what the men’s lives must have been like.