Introduction to Caves and Karst (Alt + 1)
Importance of Caves and Karst (Alt + 2)
Underground: Who and What are in caves? (Alt + 3)
Threats to Caves and Karst (Alt + 4)
Exploring Caves (Alt + 5)
Cave and Karst National Parks (Alt + 6)
Cave Basics Karst Basics Cave and Karst Locations Types of Caves Cave and Karst Formation Inside a Cave
Help and Information Center (Alt + H)
Caves and Karst Main Index (Alt + I)
Views Visitor Center (Alt + V)
Glossary (Alt + G)
Text-only version (Alt + T)
Teacher Resource Center for Caves and Karst (Alt + R)
Introduction to Caves and Karst

When you hear the word “cave” what do you think of? Darkness? Being trapped? Bats? Being lost? Or maybe you have been in a cave and you recall beautiful flowstone, cave bacon, delicate crystals, and other speleothems.

Do you know what karst is? When you hear the word “karst” what do you think of? Do you think of sinkholes? Disappearing streams? Catastrophic collapse?

Whatever you think of, this knowledge center is meant to address your fears and misconceptions about caves, as well as enhance your understanding of cave and karst systems.

Let’s get started. Select a topic on the left to learn more.