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Caves and Karst

Caves and Karst
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Although these pages do give some background on caves in the Canadian Rockies, the Alberta Speleological Society does not provide cave entrance locations to the general public, for safety and conservation reasons.

Caves and Karst of the Canadian Rockies

Limestone, dolomite, marble and gypsum are types of bedrock that are slightly water-soluble. Landscapes that have water-soluble bedrock will, given enough time and the right conditions, look quite different as rock is dissolved away. These are called karst landscapes and include distinctive surface features as well as underground caves and watercourses.

Limestone abounds in the Canadian Rockies, which is good news for both cavers and karst geologists and hydrologists.

There are numerous books, other publications and on-line sources about caves and karst; however for a good, concise overview in an Alberta Rocky Mountain context, we recommend the book:  Under Grotto Mountain: Rat's Nest Cave, Charles M. Yonge, 2nd ed., 2012, ISBN 978-0-9879369-2-9.     You can also click on one of the Caves and Karst links below: