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Lecture#24 - How did such a long cave system form The...

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Lecture#24 11/19/08 Describe the geology of Mammoth Cave National Park. Longest cave system in the world (350 miles) Geology: Mississippian limestone Contains several levels of caves stacked on top of each other Described as having Karst Topography and lots of sinkholes What is the water table? The upper level of the saturated zone of groundwater.
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Unformatted text preview: How did such a long cave system form? The valley that the first cave formed would widen, dropping the water table, which would result in the formation of a new cave. What is karst topography? Consisting of many sinkholes What is a sinkhole? How do they form? Depressions at the surface where rock has been removed by groundwater....
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