• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

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Nature and Science

Searching for microbes in Wind Cave

NPS Photo

In 2002 a microbiologist started a project to look for DNA (an indicator of microbial activity) in the corrosion residue and manganese deposits in Wind Cave.

Did You Know?

fire on the prairie

Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.