Carlsbad Caverns National Park (1995)
United States of America

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This karst landscape in the state of New Mexico comprises over 80 recognized caves. 

They are outstanding not only for their size but also for the profusion, diversity and beauty of their mineral formations. Lechuguilla Cave stands out from the others, providing an underground laboratory where geological and biological processes can be studied in a pristine setting. 

  • USA 2002. Pre-stamped postcard (23c) honouring the Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. This item exists only on pre-stamped postal stationery. 

USA 2002. Pre-stamped postcard of 23c, honouring Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located in the semiarid foothills of the Guadalupe Mountains in southeastern New Mexico. The park is the site of one of the largest subterranean labyrinths in the world. Established as a national monument in 1923, it became a national park in 1930. The caverns are believed to have been hollowed out, beginning about 12 million years ago, by the dissolving action of water on limestone. The first scientific exploration of the caverns was made in 1924 by a National Geographic Society Party, but the full extent of the caverns is still not known.

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