Follow a visit under a mountain led by Allen Padgett from the Department of Natural Resources. Padgett leads a group of students into a cave in Cloudland Canyon in the Appalachian Plateau of northwest Georgia. Along the way he describes how caves and valleys in north Georgia were formed by the forces of nature lifting up massive rocks to create mountains with pockets underneath. Acidic rain dripping through cracks continues the process of hollowing out the earth leaving Georgia with nearly 350 caves. In a trip back through time, the group encounters bats, a cold underground mountain stream, and stalactites and stalagmites as they walk on what once was the bottom of an ocean.
Teacher tip: Ask students to examine a physiographic map and describe Georgia’s diverse geography by pointing out key physical features including the Fall Line, Okefenokee Swamp, Appalachian Mountains, Chattahoochee and Savannah rivers, and the barrier islands. Use a state highway map to find Cloudland Canyon State Park where this adventure was filmed.