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"Lehman Caves" Great Basin National Park Things to Do Tip by Basaic

Great Basin National Park Things to Do: 24 reviews and 45 photos

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Lehman Caves extend 1/4 mile into the limestone and marble flanking the Snake Mountain Range. The cave was formed in two parts: First, hundreds of thousands of years ago, surface water turned slightly acidic by Carbon Dioxide gas seeped into the earth and combined with deeper water and dissolved some of the soluble rock below the surface. This water then drained away. Second, more water seeped in bringing limestone deposits with it. Over the years this water caused the formations we see here today. Lehman Cave has many of the regular speleothems or cave formations but also an unusual number of formations called shields (a flat clamshell like formation) and a type of shield called a "parachute". Make sure you do not miss the short, easy, ranger-guided tour through the cave. The tour is about 90 minutes. Temperature inside the cave is a constant 50 degrees F. Photo 3 shows an area called the speakeasy which saw some drinking during prohibition; Photo 4 shows a "parachute" formation; and Photo 5 shows some bacteria growing in the cave due to someone writing their name on a formation.

Address: 100 Great Basin National Park, Baker, NV 89311
Phone: (775) 234-7331

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  • Written Nov 2, 2011
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