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Dissolved limestone seeping out of cracks in the ceiling of Kartchner Caverns State Park have created a fantasy landscape of rock formations in the past 100,000 years. The Mogollon Rim is made of similar layers of limestone, formed in the bottom of ancient oceans.

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Drip Castle Dreamland

Kartchner Caverns reveal a hidden, fantasy landscape

The earth breathes — its intake and exhalation measured in seasons. Standing in the caverned heart of the earth — red as blood and warm as a womb, people stand and stare, fleeting as cave crickets — sensing both the vitality of stone and the frailty of flesh.


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