The slideshow ‘tells the story’ of Mammoth Cave National Park starting at the park entrance and visitor centre before entering the caves. Access to the caves is strictly controlled and only about 15km of the 560 km of surveyed passages are open to the public. The slideshow illustrates the variety of cave formations (technically known as ‘speleothems’) that can be seen on a typical cave tour, and one of the unique cave animals, a white cave crayfish (as an example of a cave-dependent ‘troglobite’). The final part of the slideshow illustrates some of the geological and other features of the park above ground, with its dense deciduous forests, waterfalls and sink holes.
The following Flickr photographers and other sources are acknowledged with thanks for their contributions to this slideshow: Barrie79, NPS, Cocoabiscuit, Daveynin, David Ellis, Eric Blackenship, Henry Huey, James StJohn, Jo, John Iwanski, John Skodak, JS Hyun, Kristen Bobo, L. Allen Brewer, Stanislav Vitebskiy, Tom Gill and Vladeb.