Sunday, 18 October 2009

Underground Lakes and Rivers

.... awesome beauty hidden "underneath" ......

Reed Flute Cave in Guilin, China was discovered during the Tang Dynasty almost 1,300 years ago.
Image by Ian Sewell

Cheddar Gorge is Britain’s biggest canyon and is found within the Cheddar Caves, where the UK’s oldest complete human skeleton was found in 1903. Known as the Cheddar Man, the remains were estimated to be 9,000 years old.
(Image by Snowman-1)

Hamilton Pool Preserve, in Austin, Texas, was created quite naturally when the dome of an underground cave collapsed revealing this stunning natural pool. It is now frequented by day-trippers and naturalists. That’s naturalists not naturists, although no doubt someone has tried to go skinny dipping at one point!
(Image by Van Sutherland)

Lechuguilla Cave, in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico is the fifth longest cave discovered yet at 120 miles (193 km) long and measures 489 metres (1,604 ft) deep, making it the deepest in continental United States.
(Image by Dave Bunnell)

This underground lake near Macan Ché on the Yucatán Peninsula is one of many that are considered to be gifts from the gods by the Mayans, and therefore sacred.
(Image by sanghavedanta)

The limestone flow feeding into this underground lake in Mexico resembles a waterfall turned to stone. Maybe the Ice Queen is privy to this particular cavern?
(Image by Adam)

How long must it have taken for this little waterfall in Banff,
Canada, to make this underwater lake?
(Image by Petr)

(via Environmental Graffiti)

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