Park Ranch Gypsum Caves

A Visit to Two Gypsum Caves in the Gypsum Plain of New Mexico, South of Carlsbad

In Three Parts, Each With Multiple Pages

Part 3:      Cave B

Page 3-3:  Merging with other underground streams before the exit

Here two caves meet and merge their water-loads:

This merging cave seems to have a watch-person at its entry point (see the eye?):

Another merge of underground streams, note the reddish evidence of the presence of sulfur- weathering (and iron, I insist) near the moist bottom:

Don't know why, but walls with holes, in caves, are always an attraction:

A triple-confluence!

Closer look at the merge of the two larger slow paths:

Moving right along toward the exit:

Another merge just before the exit:

Approaching daylight again!

And that's all there is for a splendid day in the caves of the

Gypsum Plain of New Mexico.  

Thanks to all the Vincent family for expert guidance!

PART 1:   Introduction

Page 1-1:  General introduction to the Gypsum Plain and its karst features

Page 1-2:  A look around before heading into the caves  

Part 2:      Cave A

Page 2-1:  Moving into the cave

Page 2-2:  Deeper into the cave

Page 2-3:  A good place to stop and return

Part 3:      Cave B

Page 3-1:  Looking around before entering the cave and coming to a good place to turn around

Page 3-2:  Interesting rock fabrics along the way

Page 3-3:  Merging with other underground streams before the exit YOU ARE HERE

The Vincent Online-Guide to Spelunking Opportunities near Carlsbad

Another set of Gypsum-Plain pages: The Black River

Carlsbad Caverns:  Photos or a Movie (page has links to four movies, one is about Carlsbad Caverns, and has instructions for use)

What made this place the way it is today?  Looking back at the Permian.

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