More New Zealand Cave Images.

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All cave photographs are by John Wattie.

Peter Lambert Level, Gardners Gut.
Just before the organ grinder squeeze.

Gardener's Gut
Bedding Plane.
Limestone was deposited on the sea floor as billions of shells fell to the bottom over millions of years. Horizontal layers formed as the shells dissolved, compacted and recrystallised...

A soft layer has been dissolved from the sedimentary limestone. Cave formations have developed in the low, horizontal chamber which results.

Bedding Plane

Waipuna Cave

The Bodkin. St Benedict's cave. Bodkin, St Benedict's
The Madonna and Child, Self Respect cave.

Self respect is near Virginia cave, both named from the difficulty getting into them.

They have vertical shafts as entrances (tomos).

Madonna and Child
The Madonna and Child, Self Respect Cave, closer view. Madonna and Child: closer view
Mini "Forest", Waipuna Cave. The "trees" crystallised in the bottom of a shallow pool which has since drained. Miniature Forest: Dry Pool, Waipuna
"Leaning Tower of Pisa" and "The Rocket."
Waipuna cave.
This chamber has a hollow floor - you can hear it reverberating as your boots clump across it. The thin floor seems to have partially collapsed under the leaning tower.
Rocket and Leaning Tower, Waipuna.
A pool in Waipuna cave.

When the photographer first saw this pool, the surrounding formations were pristine white. On returning a month later, the walls had the brown water level stain.

There had been heavy rain in the interval and  the pool filled as it had done for thousands of years. This time though, somebody paddled through it, stirred up the mud, and left this stain. Probably it will last another century, until the mud is covered with calcite once more.

Waipuna water stain (17559 bytes)

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