February 22, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Elephant’s Eye Cave

Posted by Evelyn Mervine

Elephant's Eye on a rainy Saturday in February 2016.

Elephant’s Eye on a rainy Saturday in February 2016.

This week’s “Monday Geology Picture” post features a natural rock formation that resembles an elephant. A small cave named “Elephant’s Eye” is located at the eye of this rock elephant’s head. The elephant consists of Table Mountain Sandstone and is located in the Silvermine Nature Reserve here in the Cape Town region of South Africa. On Saturday I hiked up to Elephant’s Eye with some friends. We hiked on a rare rainy summer day, and we appreciated the cooler weather for our hiking. The scenery on our hike was ethereal and beautiful, although we didn’t have much of a view from the top of the hill! We mostly saw mist. I’ll share some more pictures from our hike later this week.