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National Park Cave and Karst Photos

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Bacteria in Water Drops
Bacteria growing within water drops colors the walls golden in Golden Dome Cave in Lava Beds National Monument. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Colony of Bats
A small colony of Townsend's Big Eared bats in Lava Beds National Monument. (NPS Photo by Shawn Thomas)
Cave-Adapted Crayfish
A cave-adapted crayfish with eggs in Mammoth Cave National Park. (NPS Photo by Rick Olson)
Cave-Adapted Harvestman
A cave-adapted harvestman in Mammoth Cave National Park. (NPS Photo by Rick Olson)
Cave-Adapted Millipede
A cave-adapted millipede in Mammoth Cave National Park. (NPS Photo by Rick Olson)
Cave Cricket
A cave cricket in Mammoth Cave National Park. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Solitary Roosting Bat
A solitary roosting bat in Mammoth Cave National Park. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
   
Cave Entrance In Limestone
A cave entrance in redwall limestone in Grand Canyon National Park. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Cave Formed in Sandstone
A cave entrance formed in Navajo sandstone by wind erosion in Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. (NPS Photo by Greg McDonald)
Vertical Entrance Into A Lava Tube
A vertical entrance into a lava tube photographed from a helicopter. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Entrance To A Sea Cave
A sea cave in Acadia National Park. (NPS Photo by Georgia Hybels)
Vertical Cave Entrance
A caver prepares to rappel into Lechuguilla Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Looking Out Of Crystal Cave
Looking out the famous spider gate at Crystal Cave, a commercial cave in Sequoia National Park. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Looking Out Of A Large Sea Cave
Looking out of one of the largest known sea caves in the world in Channel Islands National Park. (NPS Photo)
Looking Out Of A Lava Tube
Looking out of a lava tube in Lava Beds National Monument. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Looking Ouf Of A Lava Tube
Looking out of a lava tube in El Malpais National Monument. (NPS Photo)
Looking Out of A Paleo Sea Cave
Looking out of a sea cave that formed on Isle Royal when Lake Superior was at a higher water level. (NPS Photo)
The entrance to Mammoth Cave
The entrance to Mammoth Cave at Mammoth Cave National Park. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Looking Out of a sea cave along the shore of Lake Superior at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Looking out of a sea cave along Lake Superior at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. (NPS Photo by Neil Howk)
Looking Out of a Cave Entrance
A braided stream can be seen from a cave entrance in Alaska. (NPS Photo)
An Entrance to a Lava Tube
An entrance to a lava tube at El Malpais National Monument. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Looking Out of a Lava Tube
Looking out of a lava tube at El Malpais National Monument. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Looking out of a cave entrance at El Malpais
Looking out of a cave entrance at El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico. (NPS Photo (HDR) by Dale Pate)
   
Boxwork
Wind Cave is famous for its boxwork formations. (NPS Photo)
Draperies and Flowstone
Draperies and flowstone found within Crystal Cave, a commercial cave within Sequoia National Park. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Draperies and Stalactities
Draperies and stalactites within Carlsbad Cavern, Carlsbad Caverns National Park. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Flowstone
A cream-colored flowstone In Lechuguilla Cave, Carlsbad Caverns National Park. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Gypsum Chandelier
A caver lights up a gypsum chandelier in Lechuguilla Cave, Carlsbad Caverns National Park. (Photo by Dr. Jean K. Krejca, Zara Environmental LLC - For Public Use)
Gypsum Rim
A gypsum rim found in Lechuguilla Cave, Carlsbad Caverns National Park. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Helictities
Seeming to defy gravity, helictites grow out of a cave wall at Timpanogos Cave National Monument. (NPS Photo)
Icicles
Icicles adorn a sea cave along Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. (NPS Photo by Neil Howk)
Lava Drip Stalagmites and Stalacties coated with gypsum and sulfur
Found in lava, drip stalagmites and stalactites, some coated with gypsum and sulfur. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Lava Breakdown Blocks
Breakdown blocks cover the floor in a lava tube. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Lava Small Drip Stalactites
Found in lava, small drip stalagmites cover the ceiling in a lava tube, Lava Beds National Monument. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Lava Stalagmites With Mineral Coatings
Found in lava, stalagmites coated with gypsum and sulfur in a lava tube. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Tubular Lava Helictites And Drip Stalagmites
Tubular lava helictities and drip stalagmites with thin coating of gypsum adorns the side of a passage in a lava tube. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Tubular Lava Stalagmites With Gypsum Coatings
Tubular lava stalagmites with gypsum coatings. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Soda Straws And Stalactites
Soda straws and stalagmites adorn a limestone cave ceiling. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Stalagmites
Large stalagmites found in Lechuguilla Cave, Carlsbad Caverns National Park. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Totem Pole
A park ranger admires a totem pole, a type of stalagmite. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Large Cave Passage
A large cave passage along a guided tour route in Mammoth Cave, Mammoth Cave National Park. (NPS Photo)
Ice Formations In A Lava Tube
Ice formations in a lava tube in Craters of the Moon National Monument. (NPS Photo)
Walking Passage With Breakdown
Walking passage with breakdown blocks in a cave in Yosemite National Park. (NPS Photo)
Walking Passage In Banded Marble
Cave passage formed in banded marble in Lilburn Cave, Kings Canyon National Park. (NPS Photo)
Aragonite Crystals
Aragonite crystals in Carlsbad Cavern, Carlsbad Caverns National Park. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
A Large Walking Passage
A large walking passage in a lava tube at El Malpais National Monument. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
A Multi-Colored Cave Passage
A lava tube exhibits multiple colors in its walls and ceiling at El Malpais National Monument. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Under a Skylight Entrance
A caver stands under a skylight entrance at El Malpais National Monument. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Admiring Two Broken Columns
A caver admires two broken columns in Carlsbad Cavern, Carlsbad Caverns National Park. (NPS Photo by Ronal C. Kerbo)
Stalactites and Soda Straws
Stalactites and soda straws in Carlsbad Cavern, Carlsbad Caverns National Park. (NPS Photo by Ronal C. Kerbo)
A Mostly Dry Pool With Formations
A mostly dry pool with formations in Carlsbad Cavern, Carlsbad Caverns National Park. (NPS Photo by Ronal C. Kerbo)
   
Banding Cave Swallows
Banding cave swallows at the entrance to Carlsbad Cavern, Carlsbad Caverns National Park. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Cliff Dwelling
A cliff dwellings built into the entrance to a small cave, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. (NPS Photo)
Historic Signatures And Monument
Historic signatures and a historic monument in Mammoth Cave, Mammoth Cave National Park. (NPS Photo by Gary Berdeaux)
Pre-historic Pictographs
Pre-historic pictographs adorn a large rock shelter in Amistad National Recreational Area. (NPS Photo)
Cave Biologists Collecting Microbial Samples
Cave biologists collect microbial samples in Wind Cave, Wind Cave National Park. (NPS Photo by Jason Walz)
Collecting Ice Core Samples
Collecting ice core samples from a cave in Lava Beds National Monument. (NPS Photo)
Collecting Bat Bones
Paleontologists collecting bat bones from guano produced by an extinct species of bat. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Permian Age Fossils
Permian age fossils found in a cave wall in Carlsbad Cavern, Carlsbad Caverns National Park. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Exploration And Survey of Cave Passages
Exploration and survey of cave passages is a critical part of studying cave and karst areas. (NPS Photo)
Return From A Underwater Exploration And Survey Trip
Certified cave divers return from an exploration and survey trip into a karst spring cave system. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
   
Karst Spring
A karst spring flows out of a water-filled cave passage in Utah. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Water Flows Out Of A Cave Entrance, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
Water flows out a cave entrance. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Water Flows From A Cave Entrance
Water flows from a cave entrance. (NPS Photo by Scott House)
A Large Karst Spring
A large karst spring in Ozark National Scenic Riverways. (NPS Photo by Scott House)
Karst Topography
The karst topography at Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Looking Out of a Karst Spring
Looking out of a karst spring in Ozark National Scenic Riverways. (NPS Photo by Scott House)
A Sinkhole
A sinkhole found on a relatively flat plain at Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. (NPS Photo by Vincent Santucci)
   
Crawling Through A Small Passage
A caver crawls through a small passage. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Climbing Up A Slope
A caver climbs up a slope in Fitton Cave, Buffalo National River. (NPS Photo by Carol Bitting)
Climbing Through A Slotted Passage
Cavers climb up through a slotted passage. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Rappelling A Vertical Slope
A caver prepares to rappel down a vertical slope. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Safely Traversing Above A Vertical Pit
Cavers safely traverse above a vertical pit. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
The Big Room in Carlsbad Cavern
A portion of the Big Room in Carlsbad Cavern, Carlsbad Caverns National Park. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
Visitors Enjoy a Small Alcove in Carlsbad Cavern
Visitors enjoy a small alcove in Carlsbad Cavern, Carlsbad Caverns National Park. (NPS Photo by Dale Pate)
   

 

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Last Updated: February 26, 2013