Caves in Alabama
Cathedral Caverns boasts two world records. Its opening is 128 feet wide and 25 feet tall, making it the largest commercial cave opening in the world and "Goliath." A stalagmite, a stalactite and stalagmite have met to form this world's largest known stalagmite. It measures 45 feet tall, 243 feet in circumference and 40 feet thick Cathedral Caverns is located near Grant, Alabama.
DeSoto Caverns main room is twelve stories high, and larger than a football field. The caverns are noted for one of the largest continuing accumulations of onyx-marble stalagmites and stalactites in the world. DeSoto Caverns is one of only four known caves in the world that still have actively growing rock formations. In 1965, an archaeological excavation undertaken by the University of Alabama unearthed the 2,000 year-old Indian burial now on display in DeSoto Caverns. DeSoto Caverns is listed on the State's Register of Landmarks and Heritage and is shown as a historic point of interest on Alabama maps.
New Fern Cave is named after the endangered American Hart's Tongue fern but is also home to other endangered species like the Grey bat and Indiana bat.
Rickwood Caverns contains some of the most massive and fascinating underground formations in the Alabama. Rickwood Caverns is maintained as an official caving park that offers more than a mile of colorful living geology, blind cave fish and an underground pool. The caverns themselves were water-formed during the Mississippian period over 260 million years ago. Rickwood Cave reveals that it was carved from an ocean bed, shell fragments and fossils of marine life are visible along the cavern ceiling and walls. Many curiosities are featured on guided tours of the "miracle mile" at Rickwood Caverns State Park, located near Warrior, AL.
Russell Cave National Monument Russell Cave was home to prehistoric peoples, for more than 10,000 years. The cave shelter archaeological site contains the most complete record of prehistoric cultures in the Southeast. Russell Cave National Monument is located in Bridgeport, Alabama
Sequoyah Caverns are best known for its reflecting water pools. The underground lakes reflect the beauty of the caves. Sequoyah Caverns are named after Sequoyah, a Cherokee Indian who singlehandly developed the Cherokee alaphabet.
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