PEEC and New Mexico PBS Present Science Café: Mysterious Life of Caves

A caver explores Lechuguilla Cave. Courtesy/PEEC
Fantastic formations inside Lechuguilla Cave. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is once again teaming up with the New Mexico Public Broadcasting System (PBS), to bring to Los Alamos another installation of the popular New Mexico PBS Science Café.

This time the topic will be the mysterious life of caves and will focus on the Lechuguilla Cave in southeastern New Mexico. The free program is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 28 at PEEC.

Lechuguilla Cave, often considered the most beautiful cave in the world, lies beneath Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Since its discovery in 1984, over 136 miles of cave have been mapped though the single, artificial entrance. In central New Mexico, the longest known cave formation in the world, Snowy River, contains 26.92 miles of surveyed length.

The white calcite floor runs the length of the known cave passage, now more than 10 miles long. Exploration and survey teams continue to map the passage and other leads in feats that involve trips over 24 hours long.

At this installation of New Mexico PBS Science Café, watch a segment of NOVA, and then join in a discussion with a panel of world-class cavers, who will share recent discoveries in the ongoing explorations of Lechuguilla and Fort Stanton caves.

Admission to the café is free, but a reservation is required. To register, RSVP to Rose Poston at 505.277.2396 or online at Seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

New Mexico PBS Science Cafés are presented with support from Sandia National Labs/Lockheed Martin.

For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit, email or call 505.662.0460.

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