The Cova des Pas de Vallgornera on Mallorca’s South cost is about to be declared a Monument Natural. The Govern de les Illes Balears has initiated procedures to give the cave of the Pas de Vallgornera in the Mallorcan municipality of Llucmajor natural heritage status as a Natural Monument under the law of conservation of spaces of environmental significance.
The Cova des Pas de Vallgornera was discovered quite by chance in 1968 when a nearby hotel started excavations to have a septic tank built for its building complex. Since then, it was discovered that the underground cavities were bigger than had been thought originally and year after year, new extensions were discovered. It is thought that the many veins of this subterranean labyrinth extend to more than 55,000 m², but the last word has not been spoken. Efforts are being made to continue to explore the enormous collection of stalactites and stalagmites, lakes and galleries. Over the years, speleologists from all over the world have come to Llucmajor to gain a first-hand impression of the fascinating wonders of the cave of Vallgornera and to help geologists and ecologists to persevere with their studies and explorations.
At the moment, no part of the cave is open for the general public. So, if you are not a geologist, speleologist or a scientist of the underworld, do not even attempt to go near the cavern. Stay away or simply satisfy your curiosity by visiting the Govern de les Illes Balears website or search flickr for more photos.
The photo was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of flickr and the photographer, Anders Kristofersson. Thank you very much. The map was also borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of covavallgornera.org.
WOW! What a super photo. Makes me wonder just how many undiscovered caves there may be just silently waiting to be found. Shame it can’t be visited by the public yet.