Craters of the Moon - Natural and Cultural History
By Cynthia Kirkeby
Feb 2, 2005, 19:19

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Craters of the Moon - Natural and Cultural History
This in-depth report by the National Park Service covers the history of the park. It includes a timeline, information on Robert Limbert who was the first adventurer to complete an extensive exploration of the area, the Goodale Cutoff, and information on why the astronauts visited the Crater of the Moon monument.

The section on natural history, ecology, and research has excellent information on the geology of this unique area. One of the most interesting articles is called “Caves of Molten Stone,” a guide to the Caves Trail. There are also many other articles covering the flora and fauna of the area.

An important section to read if you plan to visit this unique landscape is “Erasing Footprints.” Each year over a quarter of a million people visit the monument and it is very difficult to minimize the damage that is done. Learning about the fragility of the area will help you to reduce the damage, so that future generations will also be able to enjoy this otherworldly preserve.

The following quick links will take you to three checklists the NPS has created to make your exploring more interesting:

Source: National Park Service

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