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    The Big Spring area will be temporarily closed to ensure public safety during the Wounded Warrior managed hunt November 8-9 and the managed archery hunt December 12-14.

More Than Skin Deep, A Teacher's Guide to Caves and Groundwater

Cave formations

Tom Aley

This online edition of our teacher's guide to caves is an abridged version of the print edition. Please contact us for a free copy of the print version. We hope you will take advantage of this resource to provide some advance information to your students before visiting Round Spring Caverns.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways also offers a variety of activities for teachers involving subjects other than caves. Please see our Teacher's Page for details. The online version is divided into two sections: Information Pages where you will find background information about caves, and Activities Pages, where you will find fun classroom activities.


INFORMATION PAGES


ACTIVITIES


VIDEOS

Bat Echolocation

Karst in the Ozarks


 
Grotto salamander
The blind grotto salamander makes Ozark caves its home. Of all the world's true troglobitic salamanders, this species is the only one that develops into an adult form. All others maintain their larval form, even though they can reproduce.
Gene Gardner, Missouri Dept of Conservation
 

Karst in the Ozarks Video - A great video, suitable for younger grades as well as adults. Describes very well how a karst system works and why it's important to know about it. About 20 minutes long.

Did You Know?

Stalactites and stalagmites in a cave at Ozark Riverways.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri has some of the finest examples of "karst features" such as caves, springs and sinkholes anywhere. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...