Camdenton Middle School Student Conducts Research Inside Bridal Cave!
When you take a tour of Bridal Cave you get to enjoy both a fun and educational experience, one of the many reasons visitors enjoy the tour. There is a lot to learn about our cave ecosystem and a Camdenton Middle School student took advantage of this by completing her Science Fair project about algae growth inside our cave. Read on to learn about her project!
Cassidy Hannigan a student at Camdenton Middle School recently did a project on Cave Algae this last school year for her Science Research class.
Cassidy Hannigan found in her research that the lighting inside show caves can cause algae to grow on the cave walls, and that bleach and hydrogen peroxide is often used to remove the algae. The algae itself as well as the harsh chemicals used for cleaning both negatively impact delicate cave ecosystems. Cassidy hypothesized that exposing algae to green light inside a cave would disrupt the process of photosynthesis, therefore preventing algae growth, while still allowing visitors to see inside a show cave. Cassidy simulated a cave environment (temperature and humidity) and grew algae on native rock under various colors and intensities of light to collect her data.
We want to thank Cassidy for her research and interest in completing her Science Fair project about Bridal Cave! We love helping local students learn about new things.
Take an Educational Trip Through Bridal Cave!Giant columns, delicate soda straws, and massive draperies abound throughout the cave. Millions of years of struggle between water and rock have created this cavern with more onyx formations than any other known cave or cavern. If you're looking for both a fun and educational adventure while you visit the Lake of the Ozarks, Bridal Cave gives tours daily!