Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave was amazing!  There are 140 miles of tunnels are under the park.  It is the densest cave system in the world (more cubic miles of cave in each square acre.)  It goes down about 500 feet.  Some people believe it connects with Jewel Cave which may make it the largest cave system in the world.  Not all of the cave has been discovered yet.  They are discovering about four miles per year. The cave was formed by carbonic acid which is rain water that collects carbon as it seeps through the ground.  The same stuff that makes soda fizzy.  The cave is known for it’s boxwork.  This magnificent formation is no longer being created.  To imagine how it was formed you need to know how masons lay bricks.  Imagine that the bricks were dissolved by the carbonic acid and just the mortar was left.

We took a guided walking tour with Ranger Anna and completed the Junior Ranger Program.  Above ground, the park includes the largest remaining natural mixed-grass prairie in the United States.  This was not a beautiful cave but to me it was magnificent!

Written by Marcus William Perry

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