Big Basin

Big Basin Prairie Preserve - St. Jacob's Well

Useful Information

Location: Big Basin Prairie Preserve, western Clark County.
Open: no restrictions [2004]
Fee: free [2004]
Classification: KarstDoline
Light: not necessary
Guided tours:
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Big Basin and Little Basin are the two best known sinkholes in the Red Hills, a karst area at the southern border of Kansas. Big Basin is about 1,600 m in diameter and 30 m deep, Little Basin is about 256 m diameter and 10 m deep. Both are dolines, formed by underground solution and the collapse of the overlaying rocks. There are salt and gypsum beds more than 100 m deep below the surface, which are continually dissolved by the groundwater.