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Geology site description:

Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico has one of the most spectacular caves on Earth. Many large stalactites and stalagmites can be seen in many corridors and several large halls. The largest room is over 1200 meters long, 190 meters wide and 107 meters high. The whole cave system consists of over 100 caves.

The history of this cave is different than most caves. These caves were not formed by dissolution of limestone by rainwater, but by sulfuric acid formed by the proximity of sulfurous gas and oil in the Earths crust.

The caves are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Several parts of the caves can be visited. See the
Website.



Entrance sign to Carlsbad Caverns
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Entrance to the cave. Photo taken October 4, 2000.
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The long switchback (natural entrance) into the cave. Photo taken October 4, 2000.
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Inside the cave. Photo taken October 4, 2000.
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Inside the cave. Photo taken October 4, 2000.
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Inside the cave. Photo taken October 4, 2000.
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Inside the cave. Photo taken October 4, 2000.
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Inside the cave. Lion tails. Photo taken October 4, 2000.
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Inside the cave. Photo taken October 4, 2000.
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Inside the cave, looking up at the ceiling. Photo taken October 4, 2000.
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Inside the cave. Photo taken October 4, 2000.
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Inside the cave, another look at the ceiling. Photo taken October 4, 2000.
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Inside the cave, stalagmite (bottom) meets stalactite (upper). Photo taken October 4, 2000.
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Inside the cave. Photo taken October 4, 2000.
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This is a magnesium flare handle that was left by an early explorer in the cave. Photo taken October 5, 2000.
Added by: almach on 15-10-2015


This is another lower cave tour photo. We only had our helmet light and a flashlight. This is the lowest part of the cave that is open to visitors. Photo taken October 5, 2000.
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This is another lower cave tour photo of a meeting of a stalactite and stalagmite.. Photo taken October 5, 2000.
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This is another lower cave tour photo of a meeting of stalactites and stalagmites. Photo taken October 5, 2000.
Added by: almach on 15-10-2015


his is another lower cave tour photo looking up. Photo taken October 5, 2000.
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This is another lower cave tour photo of a meeting of a stalactite and stalagmite that has a crack in it. Photo taken October 5, 2000.
Added by: almach on 15-10-2015


This is another lower cave tour photo of a meeting of a stalactite and stalagmite that is cracked. Photo taken October 5, 2000.
Added by: almach on 15-10-2015

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Directions:

Carlsbad Caverns is located in the south of the state of New Mexico. The caves are located about 30 kilometers southwest of Carlsbad.

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