Mammoth Cave National Park in south-central Kentucky was authorized as a national park in 1926 and was fully established in 1941 to protect the cave system, scenic landscape, and diverse flora and fauna. The park contains 52,830 acres and most of the longest recorded cave system in the world, with more than 390 miles of mapped passages as of 2013. Even though Mammoth Cave is famous, people are often unaware of the park's intricate connection to the outside region. This poster shows the geology of Mammoth Cave and the interconnected issues that are important to the park and its visitors.
This cooperative project between the Kentucky Geological Survey and the National Park Service is intended for park visitors, educators, park staff, and anyone who enjoys Mammoth Cave National Park. Digital geologic mapping and recent advances in geographic information system (GIS) technologies help the National Park Service meet federal mandates and distribute data sets, maps, and other products that are valuable to all who enjoy national parks.
For more information, please visit the Mammoth Cave National Park Web site at www.nps.gov/maca. You can also find information at the Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning, a research and education center for the park. If you're interested in obtaining digital geologic and other GIS data, visit the National Park Service Datastore at www.science.nature.nps.gov/nrdata. The geologic map data in this publication were developed from Davidson (2006), Mullins (2006a, b), Thompson (2006a, b), and Toth (2006a-d).
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Crawford, Matthew M.; Olson, Rickard A.; Toomey, Rickard S. III; and Scoggins, Lillian J., "Geology of Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky" (2008). Kentucky Geological Survey Map and Chart. 194.