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In 1925, Floyd Collins, one of the world’s premier cavers, met a tragic and bizarre end in part of what is now known to be Mammoth Cave. Collins, determined to find a “show” cave as a source of family income, had signed a contract in the middle of January with a man named Doyle and another man named Ed Estes to explore a rock overhang called Sand Cave on Doyle’s farm.
100 Miles in Mammoth Cave (illustrated) by Horace Hovey. $1.50. 27 pages. Illustrated with contemporary picsbrief annotation/introductionIn this narrative, author Horace C. Hovey relates his adventures underground at Mammoth Cave, Kentucky over a two week period in the year 1880. As Mr. Hovey tours the cave, he describes the many cave formations he sees and describes how they were formed. Show more Show less
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This pure white crayfish has been living in the dark for so many generations that it has learned to live without a photon's worth of help. Small organisms that have adapted to live entirely within cave systems are known as troglobites. This, for example, is a troglobite crayfish -- Orconectes pellucidus -- which is one of the primary predators of the Mammoth Cave ecosystem.