Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park

Nature & Wildlife in Mammoth Cave

Flora & Fauna

Mammoth Cave is home to a wide variety of plant and animal life ranging from rare exotic cave species to more common woodland creatures found in eastern deciduous forest environments. Scientists have discovered more than 130 species in the cave itself, in addition to almost 1,000 species of flowering ...

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Geology

Beneath the surface of south-central Kentucky lies a world that is virtually unparalleled. It is a labyrinth characterized by mile upon mile of dark, seemingly endless passageways. The geological process resulting in Mammoth Cave began hundreds of millions of years ago and continues to this very day. How the Caves ...

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Earthquakes

Mammoth Cave lies 150 miles from a major earthquake fault along the Mississippi River. In 1811 and 1812, a series of three earthquakes with estimated magnitudes of 8.6, 8.4 and 8.7 on the Richter Scale struck the Midwest. In the cave, saltpeter miners reported that... "about five minutes before ...

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Kentucky Cave Shrimp

The entire known population of the Kentucky cave shrimp lives in or near Mammoth Cave National Park. Blind and semitransparent, these tiny crustaceans feed on bacteria, protozoa and other minute organisms that live on organic matter that wash into cave streams. The Kentucky cave shrimp, like other aquatic cave ...

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