The NSS Bulletin - ISSN 1090-6924
Volume 42 Number 3: 42-48 - July 1980

A publication of the National Speleological Society

Cave Development in the Guadalupe Mountains: A Critical Review of Recent Hypotheses
Donald G. Davis


Recent workers have suggested that unconventional cave-forming processes, involving large-scale production of sulfate, have been active in the development of Carlsbad Cavern and other Guadalupe caves. Three conflicting mechanisms have been proposed. The observed features appear most consistent with creation of the larger caves by ascending water cahrged with sulfuric acid, produced by oxidation of hydrogen sulfide.

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