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The dissolved limestone has assumed a riot of forms, cave bacon, draperies, soda straws, fried eggs, totem polls, moonmilk, frostwork, helictites, boxwork, pillars, scallops, cave popcorn, calcite rafts, cave pearls, flowstone and rimstone.

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Lost Worlds in the living dark

The lost sloth and the vast silence offer a glimpse of extinction and persistence in Kartchner Caverns

I drop back from my little group of amiable explorers, all the way back to where the state park minder watches me warily lest I extend my hand toward the damp, warm, misshapen tissues of stone, which hunker like goblins along the path.

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