Harrison's Cave

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Stalagmite formations in Harrison's cave.

Harrison's Cave is a tourist attraction in the country of Barbados, first mentioned in 1795. Tourists can access the subterranean environment on a tramway.

History[edit]

The caves were first mentioned in historical documents in 1795. For almost 200 years they were forgotten. In 1976, Ole Sorensen, along with Tony Mason, re-discovered them.

Opening[edit]

The caves were opened as a tourist attraction in 1981. The caves allow visitors to see some of the most beautiful natural geological features of Barbados. It is now Barbados' Number One attraction.[1]

Description[edit]

Small group of stalagmites.

The caves are naturally formed by water erosion through the limestone rock.[2] The calcium-rich water that runs through the caves have formed the unusual stalactites and stalagmites formations. Travel through the caves is by tram, at certain points during the tour visitors are allowed to alight from the tram and get close up to the formations.[2] One main area of the caves is a huge cavern, termed "The Great Hall", measuring over 100 feet in height. After the Great Hall the tram stops at "The Village". At The Village some of the formations have joined together to form columns after thousands of years. Harrison's Cave is in the central uplands of Barbados. It is situated at 700ft above sea level. The three (3) characteristics of the central uplands are gullies, sinkholes and caverns.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of the cave". Harrison's Cave.com. Retrieved 2007-02-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Tours and Rates". Harrison's Cave.com. Archived from the original on 2006-11-15. Retrieved 2007-02-07. 

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