November 18, 2011

Cango Caves in Pictures

Posted by Evelyn Mervine

Miniature lake at Cango Cave.

I haven’t yet received a reply to my letter to Dr. Sheldon Cooper about why geology is a real and valuable science and why caves are interesting, but that’s okay. For those of you who agree that caves are interesting, I thought I’d share some pictures from my most recent spelunking trip.

Back in September, my husband and I took a weekend trip to Outdshoorn, South Africa, where I rode an Ostrich and also saw some weatherstones. We also visited the Cango Caves, a large, beautiful, and impressive network of limestone caves. We visited the excellent (though slightly worn-down) geology exhibit at the Interpretive Center (or Centre, to be properly South African) and then went on a guided tour of the caves. We decided to go on the “Adventure Tour.” We were pleasantly surprised to discover that the “Adventure Tour” is actually fairly adventurous, even for two adventurous geologists! My 6’3″ husband actually had some trouble making his way through some of the tight squeezes.

Below are some pictures (albeit not the best since they were taken with a waterproof point-and-shoot camera) from our adventure tour through Cango Caves. Enjoy! Click on any of the pictures in the gallery below for a larger version.