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Mammoth Cave: Its Explorers, Miners, Archeologists, and Visitors--
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By looking at Mammoth Cave: Its Explorers, Miners, Archeologists, and Visitors, students learn about how caves form, what its resources are, and the people who visited the site. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.

Mammoth Cave National Park
Mammoth Cave National Park is a unit of the National Park System. Visit the park's web pages to take an 1844 tour of the park, view images of the cave, read about different aspects of the park such as its history, archeology, geology, and much more. Also included on the site is information about the parks designation as a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve.

Park Geology
The Park Geology web pages provide information on the National Park Service's programs in geology and minerals management. Click on the "Park Geology Tour" link to find information on caves, fossils, sand dunes, glaciers, and much more. Under "Caves" you will find a link to further information regarding Mammoth Cave National Park.

Library of Congress
Search the American Memory Collection for resources on Mammoth Cave National Park. Most interesting is the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record's documentation on Mammoth Cave Saltpeter Works. There are drawings, photos, and pages of documentation in this collection.

The National Speleological Society (NSS)
Explore the NSS web pages to learn about this organization that is dedicated to the purpose of advancing the study, conservation, exploration, and knowledge of caves. Click on "Learn About Caves" for detailed information on science topics, a vocabulary/definition list, links to other organizations, and laws dealing with cave protection. Also included on the site are several virtual cave tours.

U.S. Geological Survey
The USGS web pages offer an on-line publication titled, "Geologic Time." The publication has essays on Geologic Time, Relative Time Scale, Radiometric Time Scale, and the Age of the Earth. It also provides time lines on Major Divisions of Geologic Time and a Fossils Index.

Lest We Forget
Lest We Forget focuses on the history and culture of black Americans and their contributions to the development and growth of the nation. Included on the site is information about Stephen Bishop, an African-American cave explorer.

UNESCO's World Heritage Program
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established the World Heritage program in 1972 in an effort to ensure that future generations can inherit the natural and cultural treasures of the past. Mammoth Cave is among the hundreds of World Heritage Sites designated thus far. Visit the program's web pages to learn more about these sites.


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