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Caving the Caves

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Mallorca is good for Caving. If you are into the recreational sport of exploring caves, Mallorca is extremely well placed for caving.

Beneath Mallorca’s coast exists a vast network of caves, some of which are partly or wholly submerged. Thousands of years ago, these caves existed above the water line, but were flooded when sea levels rose. Deep within these underwater caves are formations which can only be formed in dry caves, such as spectacular sculptural stalagmites and stalactites. The unique mineral deposits found on these structures have been dated by speleologists; they indicate when the flooding of these caves may have occurred. The evidence shows that 60 to 80,000 years ago the Mediterranean was shallower than it is today.

Speleology is the scientific study of caves and the cave environment. I am not a speleologist and I have not been to the cave shown myself. I would like to but it seems I may not be brave enough. Sorry.

The photo was taken off my iMac screen in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: March 10th, 2009. The time was 12:55:15. The image was taken from a video provided by Natura 2000, filmed at the Covas des Pas Vallgornera at the south coast of Mallorca, near Cala Pí. Natura 2000 is part of the Xarxa Natura a les Illes Balears website, promoted by the Govern de les Illes Balears, Conselleria de Medi Ambient. Moltes gràcies. Click on this link if you want to watch the video.

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