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vath On May - 24 - 2011

Lechuguilla cave is most famous for its unusual geology, rare formations, and pristine condition located at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA.  In the cave there is a very beautiful lake, there is clear water.  This cave is the fifth longest cave in the world, with a length of 193 km (122 miles) and deepest in the United States with a depth of 1604 feet (489 m). Access to this limestone cave, is limited to scientific research, survey and exploration teams.  The cave is named for Agave lechuguilla, a plant found near its entrance.

Lechuguilla lake cave

The cave contains thin limestone melt water and large amounts of gypsum and lemon-yellow sulfur deposits. Speleothems rare forms can be found there as well as gypsum chandeliers as high as 20 feet (6 meters), gypsum hair and beard as high as 20-feet (6 meters), soda straw at a 15-foot (4.6 meters).

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Categories: CAVE, LAKE