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Caves entrance - Marble Mountains karst
California

The Marble Mountain Wilderness lies within the Klamath Mountains west of Fort Jones, California.  This particular section b/w Black Marble Mountain & Marble Mountain contains a vast region of marble karst, w/ many channels & sinks of sculpted rock in solution leading down to vertical pits & cave entrances.  There are at least 150 known cave entrances within the karst, the largest is Bigfoot Cave w/ about 12.4 miles of known passages & a depth of 1,205 feet, which is more than Oregon Caves to the north.  This is overlooking two vertical pits, at least 50 feet down into a cave system.  Along this channel going uphill were several more pits of considerable drop w/ the sound of meltwater within.  The geology of the Klamath Mountains is among the most bizarre & intriguing in North America, nearby atop the marble & w/in are schist deposits & the adjacent higher peaks w/in the Boulder Peak region is comprised of red peridotite.  To the south, one can see the snowy Trinity Alps, of Sierra Batholith origin.

Copyright: William L
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Taken: 21/07/2016
Uploaded: 21/07/2016
Updated: 14/07/2018
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Tags: marble mountains; klamath mountains; california; marble; layered; boulder peak; trinity alps; caves; cave; cavern; caverns; pit; karst; marble mountain wilderness
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