Jewel Cave National Monument

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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Jewel Cave National Monument:

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National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Jewel Cave National Monument

Address:11149 US Hwy 16, Bldg B-12
Custer, SD 57730

Phone:605-673-2288
Fax:605-673-3294
Web: www.nps.gov/jeca/
Size: 1,274 acres.
Established: Proclaimed on February 7, 1908; transferred from Forest Service on August 10, 1933.
Location:13 miles west of Custer, South Dakota, on US 16 or 24 miles east of Newcastle, Wyoming, on US 16.
Facilities:Picnic area, rest rooms (é), visitor center (é), museum/exhibit.
Activities:Hiking, wildlife viewing, guided cave tours.
Special Features:With more than 136 miles surveyed, Jewel Cave is recognized as the second longest cave in the world. Its limestone caverns consist of a series of chambers connected by narrow passages, with many side galleries and fine calcite crystal encrustations. More and more of the cave is discovered by explorers each year.

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Address : Jewel Cave National Monumentcuster, South Dakota 57730-9608 United States
In a state almost defined by superlatives Augusta's many distinctions include Jewel Cave, WA's largest tourist cave featuring one of the world's longest stalactites.
In a state almost defined by superlatives, Augusta's many distinctions include Jewel Cave, WA's largest tourist cave, featuring one of the world's longest stalactites.
Additionally, there are a number of extravagant and completely natural underground salt caves to see in the area, such as Jewel Cave, Mammoth Cave and Lake Cave.
Counts have been 1100 to 1400 individuals in recent decades at Jewel Cave, South Dakota (Choate and Anderson 1997), 368 to 805 individuals at Cadomin Cave (Olson and others 2011) and 500 to 1000 bats at Wapaibi Cave (Schowalter and others 1979; Schowalter 1980), both in Alberta.
So how do cave-dwellers survive below ground in Carlsbad Caverns, Jewel Cave, Mammoth Cave, Wind Cave, and some 15 other national park units?
Only seven NPS sites feature caves or caverns in their title (Carlsbad Caverns NP, Jewel Cave NM, Mammoth Cave NP, Oregon Caves NM, Russell Cave NM, Timpanogos Cave NM, and Wind Cave NP).
Jewel Cave National Monument, about 30 miles from Rapid City, with more than 90 miles of explored areas.
The southwest corner of South Dakota, abutting Wyoming and Nebraska, holds such wonders and more: Custer State Park, home of one of the largest public buffalo herds in the nation; Wind Cave National Park; Jewel Cave National Monument; the Rushmore-Borgium Story museum in Keystone; and the Columbian mammoth site in Hot Springs, where the remains of 42 such creatures have been found.
Volunteers have removed candle wax and lint along the Candlelight Cave Tour route at Jewel Cave National Monument in South Dakota; placed 23,110 candles on Antietam National Battlefield for a memorial illumination at the Maryland Civil War site; aided in restoring a historic square rigger at Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Massachusetts; and helped visitors find names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington.
Limestone hills often hide caves, such as Wind Cave National Park near Hot Springs or Jewel Cave National Monument near Custer.