Bulletin of the National Speleological Society - ISSN 0146-9517
Volume 30 Number 1: 1-10 - January 1968

A publication of the National Speleological Society

Cave Development Via the Sulfuric Acid Reaction
David F. Morehouse


Data from chemical analyses conducted on the waters of Level Crevice Cave, Dubuque, Iowa, support the hypothesis that the major solution reaction occurring in and around the cave, and therefore, locally in the Galena dolomite, involves sulfuric acid, not carbonic acid. This knowledge is extremely valuable to the speleologist involved in the determination of cave origin and development, and concomitantly with the explanation of both the normal and the anomalous features of the cave(s) in question.

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