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Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park

The Mammoth Cave National Park is located in the State of Kentucky in the USA. The park has the largest network of natural Caves in the world. Apart from the caves, the park has a number of underground passageways. One can find many endangered species in the Park and its underground passageways.


The Mammoth Cave is the longest Cave System in the world. The Long Passageways have huge Chambers, Vertical Shafts, Stalagmites and Stalactites. Stalagmites and Stalactites are mineral formations.

A Stalagmite is an upward-growing mound of mineral deposits. It is precipitated from water dripping onto the floor of the Cave. Most of the Stalagmites have rounded or flattened tips. A Stalactite is an icicle-shaped formation that hangs from the ceiling of a Cave. Most of the Stalactites have pointed tips.

The Caves also feature splendid forms of beautiful gypsum flowers, delicate gypsum needles and other which make them outstanding among the Cave Systems. The Cave Systems showcase 100 million years of cave-formation.

It is about 500 kms of surveyed passageways within the property. About 21000 hectares are above the ground. The Mammoth Caves face threats and challenges from external sources. The Mammoth Cave National Park is declared in the list of UNESCO World Heritage, protected and maintained by the authority of the Organic Act of August 25, 1916.

Source of information and credit: Mammoth Cave National Park

Picture used for illustration only – Credit: NPS Natural Resources

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