Saltpetre Pipes Mammoth Cave National Park Kentucky

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Saltpetre Pipes Mammoth Cave National Park Kentucky

  •  national park in central Kentucky, encompassing portions of Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system known in the world
  • Since the 1972 unification of Mammoth Cave with the even-longer system under Flint Ridge to the north, the official name of the system has been the Mammoth–Flint Ridge Cave System
  •  52,830 acres 
  •  The Green River runs through the park
  • They explored about 20 miles into the cave. * The cave’s Mammoth Dome is 192 feet high and the Bottomless Pit is 105 feet deep
  • Fluted Stalactites  – pipe organ appearance
  • Worlds Longest Surveyed Cave
  • world’s longest known cave system with more than 400 miles
  • During the War of 1812, black slaves mined saltpeter from cave sediments for use in manufacturing gunpowder
  • These wooden pipes which were a part of the saltpetre mining operations in Mammoth Cave during the War of 1812
  • clude potasium nitrate, also known as saltpeter, which is a fairly strong oxidizer. … Potassium nitrate is the same ingredient that makes incense smoulder; it is also one of the three inredients in black gunpowder, which has lead to the rather stupid rumor that there’s gunpowder in cigarettes

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