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karst in the ozarks

Photo Gallery Index

Tumbling Creek Cave

This Registered Natural Landmark has two miles of known passage and glistens with stalagmites and stalagtites.

The cave is home to the most diverse group of cave creatures west of the Mississippi River, including eight species of bats, blind salamanders, and many insects. Two of the cave's species are found nowhere else in the world. One is a millipede that lives in bat guano; the other is a tiny snail.

tumbling creek cave

triangle Link to 12 more photos taken when the crew shot video in Tumbling Creek Cave and the recharge area above it during March 2009.

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Above: Even though video crew members carried in bright lights, this vast chamber's 60-foot ceilings swallowed much of the illumination. Tumbling Creek runs through the room; it is fed by runoff from a nine-square-mile area.
grand gulf

Grand Gulf

Sometimes called "The little Grand Canyon," Grand Gulf is a mile-long sunken area which formed when a cave roof collapsed. Located near Thayer, Mo., it is now a state park. The steep-sided Grand Gulf features a natural bridge, breathtaking tall bluffs, and the cave shown at left.

triangle Link to seven more photos taken when the video crew shot on location at Grand Gulf in the spring of 2009.

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Above: Videographer Neil Rosenbaum captures video of light playing on water droplets as they fall from the cave roof and then echo when they hit the still pool below.  

Mammoth Spring

Rising silently from an underground shaft beneath a big pool is Mammoth Spring, third largest spring in the area highlighted in the karst video. This spring is the source of Arkansas' Spring River.

mammoth spring

triangle Link to five more photos taken when the video crew visited in April 2009.

triangle Link to Mammoth Spring State Park

Above: Springwater flows over a dam built early in the 1900s to generate hydroelectric power. The old turbine is on public display in the building to the right of the dam.

dnr logo"Karst in the Ozarks" was partially funded by the Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. MoDNR Subgrant G09-NPS-05