Solution Caves

Example of formations in a solution cave at Crystal Cave in Sequoia National Park, California.
Example of formations in a solution cave at Crystal Cave in Sequoia National Park, California.

NPS photo by Dale Pate.

These caves are formed by the dissolving of the rock along and adjacent to joints (fractures), faults, and layers in the rock. The processes involved are both chemical corrosion and physical erosion. Solution caves are most often found in rock types such as limestone, marble, and gypsum and are associated with karst landscapes.
The following is a partial list of National Park Service units that include solution caves:
 

Last updated: May 1, 2018