|Charred carcasses of Torrey Yucca (left) and Prickly Pear Cactus.|
Inside the Visitor Center the elevator doors close and with a whoosh I’m barreling toward the caverns at the rate of 8.5 miles per hour. In one minute I’m deposited inside the entrance to The Big Room, the major attraction here in Carlsbad. As I pass through revolving doors the sight greeting my eyes is anything but wild. A cafeteria, souvenir stands and rest rooms fill the area.
|Draperies are formed when stalactites grow|
into each other.
|Several of these "layer cake" formations may be seen|
in The Big Room.
|A ceiling full of baby stalactites, also|
known as soda straws.
|A popcorn stalagmite, caused by|
condensation on the surface.
|This map shows the range of the Chihuahuan Desert.|
The desert covers parts of New Mexico, Texas and the
country of Mexico.
|A healthy patch of Chihuahuan Desert in|
Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas.