KARTCHNER CAVERNS PAGE 11
Kartchner Caverns

A BRIEF HISTORY of the CAVERNS


Some 300 million years ago water, seeping through limestone, dripped into the huge hollow cavern below. Combined with calcium carbonate and other chemicals the stalactites and stalagmites that we see today started to form. Often the forms meet each other and create a column.

The caverns were discovered in 1974 by Gary Tenen and the late Randy Tufts. These experienced cavers realized that the treasure they had found was fragile and priceless. They had seen what vandalism and carelessness had done to other caves in southern Arizona, so they kept their discovery a secret. --- continued next page ---


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