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FL Caverns Earth Cache
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The Florida Caverns State Park, presents many sites and many different types of beauty. From caves to bluffs.
****TOUR CAVE CLOSURE
The cave tours will be shut down from January 22-24, 2008 for our annual cave maintenance. Please plan your cave adventure before or after these dates.*****
The Florida Caverns are a series of underground caves.
The beauty of the caves took many thousands of years to create. If you do tour them, please adhere to the guides and rules.
The Florida Caverns are unusual for the area of the country. Most “Sinks” never form to the level of a cave. The limestone caverns were formed over many, many years as water gently seeped through the bedrock underlining the surface. This seepage washed away cavities that eventually created the caves. During this creation, Speleothems were formed creating stalagmites, stalactites and flowstones. This cavern is the only one of the many such caves that are open to the public in Florida and one of the very few that are air filled as most of these caves are underwater.
The Florida State Parks advised this is the only Florida state park to offer cave tours to the public.
The answers you will learn on the tour, but, can also be learned by research.
To gain credit for this cache please visit the coordinates provided and post a picture of you and your GPSr at the entrance to the cave. (Again you are not required to take the tour, that is your decision.) Send the answers to the following questions to *** firstname.lastname@example.org ***
1) Stalagmites, soda straws, columns, rimstones, flowstones and draperies, are fragile formations and are composed of ___________ , a mineral dissolved from limestone rock.
2) Approximately how far below the surface does the tour entrace begin?
3) What is the average temperature of the cave?
Thank you for your interest in this cache and we hope you enjoy this area as much as we have. Happy caching. S-charm and Msmandy
COPIED FROM .... Fl Parks website...
Park Entrance--$4.00 per vehicle. Pedestrians, Bicyclists, Extra passengers, Passengers in a vehicles with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Permit - Admission Fee $1.00.
Cave Tour Fees: Age 13 and up $8.00, Age 3 to 12 $5.00, Age 2 and under free. Organized groups of 25 or more with prepaid reservations will be $4.00 per person (Please read group reservation restrictions on the Park Activities page for full information).
Campsite Fees $17.00 plus tax.
Florida Caverns State Park
3345 Caverns Road
Marianna, Florida 32446
Hours of Operation
8:00 AM to sunset
Florida Caverns State Park is located 3 Miles North of Marianna, Off of U.S. 90 on S.R. 166. From Tallahassee: Take I-10 west to exit 142, turn right on Hwy 71 N to Hwy 90, turn left. Follow brown park signs. From Pensacola: Take I-10 East to exit 136, turn left on Hwy 276 N to Hwy 90, turn right. Follow brown park signs.
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Last Updated: on 2/5/2018 9:36:04 AM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (5:36 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum