Friday, May 23, 2008

Frozen Niagara

Saturday morning cave tour.
Frozen Niagara is the one area of Mammoth Cave that has stalactites and stalagmites. Over the majority of the area the cap rock is strong and does not allow drips of water into the cave. In this particular area the roof has leaks and has created these awesome formations.

Stalactites which form as the water drips down.

Here is a pool of water, it was crystal clear.

A wall or drapery

You can see here how in past times people have broken off a piece as a souvenir. The owner of the cave in the 1800s didn't mind if visitors did so. For a bit of money they could chose a piece and break it off. Unfortunately it takes hundreds of years to form so this practice has permanently effected the cave.

Thankfully, everyone from our group was able to enjoy this part of the cave as it was very accessible and go at your own pace.
Hope you are enjoying glimpses of our trip.
Still more to come...

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