If there is any other place in the world that hides the beauty and splendor of nature like the depths of the ocean, then it would be caves. Caves are formed naturally by the weathering of rock and usually extend deep inside ground. Sea caves, rock shelters and grottos are some small openings that are often classified as caves. Formation of caves involves a combination of chemical processes, erosion from water, tectonic forces, microorganisms, pressure, and atmospheric influences. Below are some top caves around the world which must be visited once in a life.
Kartchner Caverns- Arizona, USA:
A cave with 2.4 miles of passage was discovered by local cavers in 1974, located in Arizona State Park. These caves are carved out from limestone and filled with peleothems, which has been growing for more than 50,000 years. Tours of the caves open to the public include the Throne room, big room. Other caverns that can be accessed by the public include the Cul-de-sac passage, Mud Flats, strawberry room and the Rotunda room. Pack your bags and explore the underworld of caves.
Harrison’s Cave- Barbados:
The cave named after Thomas Harrison who owned the area in early 1700s. This cave was rediscovered by an engineer and cave adventure enthusiast from Denmark in 1974 which was later developed by the government of Barbados as a show cave and attraction. The caves, which were opened to the public in 1981, are formed naturally through water erosion via limestone rock.
Carlsbad cavern, New Mexico, United State:
This is a show cave which remains open throughout the year except Christmas, located in the Guadalupe Mountains of New Mexico. They include the Big Room, a natural limestone chamber which is the seventh largest cave chamber in the world. The caverns are decorated with stalactites, stalagmites and an incredible variety of other formations.
Mammoth Cave- Kentucky, USA:
This cave is the part of the US National Park in central Kentucky. The Mammoth cave has the longest cave system in the world called Mammoth-Flint Ridge Cave System with over 365 miles of subterranean passageways. Established as a National Park on July 1, 1941, it also became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So this time gear up for something very exciting and adventurous.
Skocjan caves, Slovenia:
These caves are an UNESCO world heritage sites. Skocjan caves rank among the world’s most important caves; they represent the most significant phenomenon in both the karst region and Slovenia. Together with the underground stream of the Reka River, they represent one of the longest karst underground wetlands in Europe. Explored length of caves is 6200m; inside the caves is 300m thick layer of Cretaceous and Palaeocene limestone. In recent years this cave had record of around 100,000 visitors, so tie your seat belts and shoot off to explore the world of caves.
Above are few jaw dropping caves that you can safely explore. Description of the caves just cannot satisfy your thirst for nature and its extraordinary creations. So, please go and explore the beautiful world of caves, they will feed your hunger for curiosity and will educate you about this mysterious planet.