Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature & Wildlife in Carlsbad Caverns

Natural World

Air Quality Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a moderately sized park located within the desert southwest and preserves a portion of the northern Chihuahuan Desert. As with many areas throughout the United States, maintaining an excellent air quality is critical to preserving and protecting the natural resources found within the ...

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Geology

Cave / Karst Systems A karst area is one generally characterized by numerous caves, little surface drainage, sinkholes, and springs. The Guadalupe Mountains contain many caves, but few of the features traditionally used to define karst. The caves of the Guadalupe Mountains pre-date the large canyons and well-defined surface features ...

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Plants

Mushrooms and Other Fungi Dry and sunny as deserts are, they are almost never without fungi. It doesn't seem right, but we mostly hear about the forest mushrooms that grow in lush, moist, dark areas. However, they are essential parts of all ecosystems, including our desert. First, it's also ...

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Flora & Fauna

ANIMALS The diversity of habitats in the park, including permanent flowing water at Rattlesnake Springs, provides for an exciting array of wildlife. This diversity is further benefited by the position of the park at the intersection of the southern Rocky Mountain, northern Chihuahuan Desert, and southwestern Great Plains biogeographic provinces. Many ...

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Animals

The diversity of habitats in the park, including permanent flowing water at Rattlesnake Springs, provides for an exciting array of wildlife. This diversity is further benefited by the position of the park at the intersection of the southern Rocky Mountain, northern Chihuahuan Desert, and southwestern Great Plains biogeographic provinces. Many ...

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