Science and Research at Mammoth Cave National Park
Scientific research has been going on at what is now Mammoth Cave National Park for over 200 years. Early scientific studies focused on cave minerals (especially nitrates that made saltpetre) and on the archaeology associated with the cave. Later, people started studying the interesting cave adapted creatures that occur in the caves of the area. Hundreds of papers have been published about scientific discoveries at Mammoth Cave. Since 1842, at least 59 species of animals, plants, and microbes have been described from the park. Research at Mammoth Cave has led to significant discoveries in geology, hydrology, speleology, archaeology, biology, and microbiology.
Last updated: March 31, 2023