Wind Cave National Park

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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Wind Cave National Park,

28,295 acres (11,459 hectares), in the Black Hills, SW S.Dak.; est. 1903. Wind Cave, discovered in 1881, was named for the strong air currents that blow alternately in and out of it depending on whether the atmospheric pressure is higher or lower than the air pressure inside the cave. There are 10.5 mi (16.9 km) of explored passageways. The cave's temperature remains constant at 47°F; (8°C;). Unusual calcite-crystal and boxwork formations make Wind Cave unique. The park's surface is characterized by rolling grasslands where bison, elk, deer, and pronghorn antelope can be found; several prairie dog towns are in the park. See National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
..... Click the link for more information.
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Wind Cave National Park

Address:26611 US Hwy 385
Hot Springs, SD 57747

Phone:605-745-4600
Fax:605-745-4207
Web: www.nps.gov/wica/
Size: 28,295 acres.
Established: Established on January 9, 1903. Wind Cave National Game Preserve established on August 10, 1912, and added to the park on June 15, 1935.
Location:In southwestern South Dakota. From Rapid City, take US 79 south for 50 miles to US 18, then right onto US 385 North, which passes through Hot Springs and into the park. Also accessible via US 16 west out of Rapid City onto US 385 south.
Facilities:Campground (é), picnic area, rest rooms (é), restaurant/snacks, visitor center (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail.
Activities:Camping, hiking, auto touring, guided cave tours and prairie hikes.
Special Features:Here in the scenic Black Hills, one of the world's longest and most complex caves is well known for its outstanding display of boxwork, an unusual cave formation composed of thin calcite fins resembling honeycombs. The park's mixed grass prairie is one of the few remaining and is home to native wildlife such as bison, elk, pronghorn, mule deer, coyotes, and prairie dogs.

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When fall came we dug the potatoes and carried them into the wind cave.
To find remains from the other animals helps us to reconstruct what the ancient ecosystem of the Wind Cave area was like 32 million years ago--which animals were there and what was going on.
The crew, which began its work in July, was led by McDonald and consisted of staff from Badlands National Park, the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota--the world's largest mammoth research facility--and Wind Cave National Park.
My family visited Wind Cave National Park a few years ago.
One hundred years ago, in an effort to protect and preserve a remarkable cave system, President Theodore Roosevelt made history by establishing Wind Cave National Park.
Limestone hills often hide caves, such as Wind Cave National Park near Hot Springs or Jewel Cave National Monument near Custer.
Wind Cave National Park and its smaller cousin, Jewel Cave National Monument, are phenomena that seem out of place following a long drive across the High Plains.
First discovered in the 1800s, Wind Cave became America's seventh national park in 1903, thanks largely to then-president Theodore Roosevelt.